These award-winning authors illustrate how the past affects the present, with coming-of-age stories that interpret a scope of difficult circumstances. Kim Fu’s The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows a group of girls who become stranded on a kayak trip, revealing how the experience affects their adult lives. With Tess, Kirsten McDougall weaves a tale of loss and family via a woman on the run. Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is an exploration of love, loss and sexual identity played out in a complex love triangle. This event will be moderated by Kate Taylor and hosted by David Bradford.
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David Bradford is a poet, essayist, and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and The Plot (House House Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City, and elsewhere. He lives in Verdun, Qc, and his first book, Dream of No One but Myself, is forthcoming from Brick Books.
Kim Fu is a Canadian writer living in Seattle, Washington. Her first novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. It was also a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Fu's debut poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and includes a 2017 National Magazine Awards Silver Medal winner and a Best Canadian Poetry 2016 selection. Her most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was published in February 2018.
Kirsten McDougall’s first book, a series of interconnected short stories, The Invisible Rider, was published by Victoria University Press in 2012, and her second, Tess, in 2017. Her stories and non-fiction have been widely published in New Zealand. She was the recipient of the 2013 Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary. Tess was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Award for fiction. Kirsten works as a publicist and literary manager in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit her blog at invisiblerider.wordpress.com. This author is supported by Creative New Zealand.
Kate Taylor is an award-winning Toronto journalist, critic and novelist. She is a longtime staff writer in the Arts section of The Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as the visual art critic. She also writes about film and cultural policy. Her 2003 novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Awards – as was her her most recent book, Serial Monogamy, which is now is available in paperback.
Sarah Winman is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television.