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 Saturday, October 27 (12-2pm).
This free Festival pop-up event will be hosted by Antanas Sileika.
Originally from South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. The story, set in the 1980s, was inspired by her experiences working in her family-run variety store. A teacher with the York Region District School Board, Ann lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter. Photo Credit: John Burridge
Alex Leslie is the author of People Who Disappear, which was nominated for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction and a 2013 ReLit Award, as well The things I heard about you, shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroestch Award for Innovative Poetry. Winner of the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers, Alex’s short fiction has been included in the Journey Prize Anthology, The Best of Canadian Poetry and in a special issue of Granta spotlighting Canadian writing, co-edited by Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux. Alex’s latest book is We All Need to Eat. Alex lives in Vancouver.
Kim Moritsugu holds a BA and MBA from the University of Toronto, and worked several years in a corporate setting before becoming a novelist. Moritsugu’s novels include Looks Perfect, a romantic comedy shortlisted for the Toronto Book award; The Glenwood Treasure, a literary mystery shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award; The Restoration of Emily, a coming of middle age story (serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers); The Oakdale Dinner Club, a comedy of suburban manners about food and sex; and her seventh novel, The Showrunner, a work of darkly humourous suspense. She has built an international online following for her TV recaps and food writing at her blog The Hungry Novelist. She lives in Toronto.
Sayaka Murata is one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers. She still works part-time in a convenience store, which was the inspiration for Convenience Store Woman, her English-language debut and winner of one of Japan’s Akutagawa Prize. She was named a Freeman’s Future of New Writing author and her work has appeared in Granta and elsewhere. In 2016, Vogue Japan selected her as a Woman of the Year. This author is supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Antanas Sileika is the author of five works of fiction and one boo of nonfiction. 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. The Barefoot Bingo Caller is his recent memoir. His latest novel, Provisionally Yours, is forthcoming from Biblioasis in March of 20129. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Born in Istanbul, Caroline Szpak is a Polish-Canadian writer who currently lives in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Victoria writing program, her poetry and fiction have appeared in This Magazine, The Capilano Review, subTerrain, Poetry is Dead, CV2, and in the chapbooks Expense Account, Garland Get Your Gun, and The Pomeranian Front. Slinky Naive is her first collection of poetry.
Jakub Żulczyk is a writer, columnist and screenwriter from Poland’s Mazurian Lake District who now lives and works in Warsaw. He was the recipient of the Villa Dedecius scholarship and went on to win the international Young Euro Contest for essayists. His novels include Harm Me in Some Way, Radio Armageddon, The Institute and Blinded by the Lights, which has been made into a TV series by HBO Europe. Żulczyk has also written for weekly and monthly magazines, and is the creator and screenwriter of the TV series The Teach and The Teach 2 on Canal+ Poland. This author is supported by the Polish Book Institute and the Consulate General of Poland in Toronto.