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Long interested in people’s connection to their environment, artist John Hartman has embarked on “Many Lives Mark This Place,” a project to capture the intimate relationship Canadian authors have with their personal places of inspiration. The result is a new portrait exhibition that celebrates the richness of Canada’s literary fabric and speaks to the power of imagination.
Join John Hartman with authors and muses Michael Crummey (The Innocents), Susan Swan (The Dead Celebrities Club) and Guy Vanderhaeghe (Daddy Lenin and Other Stories), to view their stunning portraits and discover the stories behind this new body of work. This conversation will be moderated by Leah Sandals.
Please note that the name of Hartman’s project cited in the printed Festival guide has since changed.
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Michael Crummey’s first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize and his second novel, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent novel, Sweetland, was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Currently, she is News and Special Sections Editor at Canadian Art, Canada's most widely read art magazine. Her arts journalism has been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star, among other outlets. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Room, Freefall and Three.
Susan Swan has published eight books of fiction, including her new novel, The Dead Celebrities Club, described in the Globe and Mail as "a tale of greed, hubris and fraud...a financial fable worthy of the age." Swan's 2012 novel, The Western Light, was a prequel to The Wives of Bath, her international bestseller made into the feature film Lost and Delirious. Her 2004 novel, What Casanova Told Me, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her first novel, The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, about a Canadian giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum is currently being made into a television series. Her other fiction includes the novel, The Last of the Golden Girls and the short story collection Stupid Boys are Good to Relax With. Swan is a resident of Toronto and former Robarts Scholar for Canadian Studies at York University.
Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His fiction includes Daddy Lenin (stories), A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman's Boy, Things as They Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age and Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General's Award (three times); and, for his body of work, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He has received many honours, including the Order of Canada.