From hidden pasts to dark secrets, these bestselling authors’ latest novels are hauntingly delicious. Davidson’s latest novel is The Saturday Night Ghost Club, which examines the fragility and resilience of the human mind. Davis presents her latest title The Grimoire of Kensington Market, which explores a parallel Toronto, a drug that allows its users to slip through the permeable edges of this world, and the one woman who can escape it. Taylor’s novel is The Rule of Stephens, a psychological tale of guilt and doubt.
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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.
Craig Davidson was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He is the author of four literary novels, including Rust and Bone, which was made into a Golden Globe-nominated feature film of the same name, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Cataract City. He is also the author of a bestselling memoir, Precious Cargo, shortlisted for Canada Reads. He lives in Toronto.
Lauren B. Davis is the author of Against a Darkening Sky; The Empty Room, one of the National Post's “Best Books of the Year”; and Our Daily Bread, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a Globe & Mail "Best Books of the Year." Her other books include the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Stubborn Season, as well as two short story collections, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. Lauren was born in Montreal and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Catherine Porter has been the Toronto bureau chief for The New York Times since February 2017. Previously, Porter was a journalist at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. She started there in 2001 as an intern, and worked her way up to general assignment reporter, city hall reporter, environment writer, feature writer and columnist. She proved herself as an international correspondent, covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and returning to the country 18 times to report on its reconstruction efforts. Porter has received two National Newspaper Awards, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for grassroots community work.
Timothy Taylor is an award-winning novelist, journalist and short story writer. His debut novel, Stanley Park, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his most recent novel, The Blue Light Project, was a national bestseller and winner of the CBC Bookie Prize in literary fiction. Both his fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Canada's leading publications, and he is the only writer to have had three stories published simultaneously in The Journey Prize Stories. He lives in Vancouver, where he teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Visit timothytaylor.ca and follow him on Twitter @Timothy_Taylor_