Societal relationships and the status of women in today’s world is the hot topic of this meeting of minds. Alex Leslie’s We All Need to Eat chronicles a woman’s attempts to come to grips with herself, her family and her sexuality. There will be an interpreter onstage with Japanese author Sayaka Murata, who won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for Convenience Store Woman, which takes a hard look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform. Jocelyne Allen will participate in the event as the Japanese translator.
This event will be moderated by Susan G. Cole and hosted by Danila Botha.
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Danila Botha is the author of the acclaimed 2010 short fiction collection, Got No Secrets, published in Canada by Tightrope Books and in South Africa by Modjaji Books. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside (Quattro Books, 2015), won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Her second short fiction book For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known was named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2017. Danila teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto and at the Humber School for Writers. She is currently finishing a new novel and a new collection of short stories. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Susan G. Cole is an author, playwright and activist. She’s the author of two books on violence against women, the author of A Fertile Imagination, a groundbreaking play about two lesbians trying to have a baby. She has been a contributor to IFOA for over 15 years.
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.
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.