Themes of colonial history, genocide and reconciliation are discussed in breathtaking candour by this informative grouping of four highly original award-winning authors.
Dulce Maria Cardoso is from Portugal and spent her childhood in Angola. She will be referencing her historical fiction novel, The Return. Michael Berry translated Remains of Life by Taiwanese novelist and cultural authority Wu He. New Zealand’s Tina Makereti celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing with books that include Black Marks on the White Page (co-edited by Witi Ihimaera) and The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke.
This event will be moderated by Bert Archer and hosted by Amy Jones.
Please Note: Author Wu He was previously scheduled to take part on this panel, however, his appearance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. His work, Remains of Life, will be represented by its translator, Michael Berry.
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Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, including a new column that covers both travel and books for the Globe and Mail. You can follow his travels on Twitter @BertArcher and Instagram @World.of.Bert and read more about them at bertarcher.com.
Michael Berry is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies at UCLA. He is the author of four books on Chinese cinema, including Speaking in Images: Interviews With Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers (2006) and A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (2008). He has served as a film consultant and a juror for numerous film festivals, including the Golden Horse (Taiwan) and the Fresh Wave (Hong Kong). He is also the translator of several novels, including Wild Kids (2000), Nanjing 1937: A Love Story (2002), To Live (2004), The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (2008) and, most recently, Remains of Life (2017). This author is supported by the Taipei Cultural Centre in New York.
Dulce Maria Cardoso spent her childhood in Luanda, Angola, after her parents moved there when she was an infant. Her family returned to Portugal following the Angolan War of Independence in 1975. She studied law at the University of Lisbon and worked as a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. Her first novel, Campo de sangue, won the Grand Prize Acontece de Romance, Os menus sentimentos won the EU Prize for Literature and O Chão dos Pardais won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. The Return is her fourth novel and the first to appear in English translation. This author is supported by Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, I.P.
Amy Jones won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, was the winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and a finalist for the 2010 ReLit Award.
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.