Hear from an outstanding lineup of authors and grab a free book from the Festival’s mystery library in the West Wing of Toronto’s Union Station on Monday, October 22 (3-5pm).
This free Festival pop-up event will be hosted by Antanas Sileika.
Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer, editor and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the West Coast. Her book Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP 1992). She has published eight other books, including Halfling spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce 2013) and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale 2013). She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, and a past volunteer with The Writers Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust of Canada. She is currently Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine. Joanne received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts in 2017.
Maryam Madjidi moved to Paris for the first time in 1986 with her parents who were political asylum seekers, running away from Iran. She studed at Sorbonne University, achieving her masterclass in comparative literature, before becoming a teacher. She lived in Beijing and Istanbul, teaching French for almost six years. She now lives in Paris and is still teaching French to young immigrants with the French Red Cross. This author is supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto.
Tina Makereti writes fiction, creative non-fiction and is co-editor of Black Marks on the White Page, an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing. In 2016, her story ‘Black Milk’ won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific region. Her novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction, also won by her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, in 2011. The recipient of numerous awards and residencies, Tina teaches creative writing at Massey University, New Zealand. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke. www.tinamakereti.com Tina Makereti is supported by Creative New Zealand.
D. Nandi Odhiambo is the author of three novels: Diss/ed banded nations (1998), Kipligat’s Chance (2003) and The Reverend’s Apprentice (2008). Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Nandi moved to Winnipeg in the 1970s. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in English from the Univeristy of Hawai’I, Manoa. Currently, Nandi lives in O’ahu, Hawai’i, with his wife Carmen and two dogs, where he works as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu.
Melanie Raabe began her working life as a journalist but secretly wrote books by night. Her debut novel, The Trap, was published in 20 countries and became an international bestseller. Her second, The Stranger Upstairs, remained on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for almost six months when it was first published in 2016. She lives in Cologne, Germany. Melanie Raabe is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. His 2004 debut thriller The Suspect sold more than one million copies worldwide. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four stand-alone thrillers. In 2015, he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for his thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.
Antanas Sileika is the author of four works of fiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He presents The Barefoot Bingo Caller.
Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is the author of 22 books. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a feature film with First Generation Films. You can visit him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and at RichardVanCamp.com.
Monika Zgustova is an award-winning author (Calamo and Amat-Piniella awards for the Best Novel of the Year, as well as Merce Rodoreda and The City of Barcelona awards, among others) whose literary works have been published in 10 languages. She was born in Prague. She studied comparative literature at the universities of Chicago and Illinois. She lives in Barcelona and writes for El Pais, The Nation and other magazines. As a translator of Czech and Russian literature—including Havel, Kundera, Hrabal, Hasek, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Babel—Zgustova is credited with bringing major 20th-century writers into Spanish and Catalan. This author is supported by The Institut Ramon Llull.