The impact of secrets on relationships will be explored, when these three international authors share the stage to discuss their latest works. Kenyan-born Canadian D. Nandi Odhiambo presents his third novel Smells Like Stars, which features a young couple questioning their compatibility. New Zealand’s Kirsten McDougall looks at the ties that can bind and tear a family apart in Tess. German author Melanie Raabe examines how the surprise return of a long-lost loved one can add more mystery than answers, in The Stranger Upstairs. This event is moderated by Sarah Henstra and hosted by Emily Saso.
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Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University. She is the author of the young adult novel Mad Miss Mimic. The Red Word is her first work of adult fiction. She lives in Toronto.
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.
D. Nandi Odhiambo is the author of three novels: Diss/ed banded nations (1998), Kipligat’s Chance (2003) and The Reverend’s Apprentice (2008). Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Nandi moved to Winnipeg in the 1970s. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in English from the Univeristy of Hawai’I, Manoa. Currently, Nandi lives in O’ahu, Hawai’i, with his wife Carmen and two dogs, where he works as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu.
Melanie Raabe began her working life as a journalist but secretly wrote books by night. Her debut novel, The Trap, was published in 20 countries and became an international bestseller. Her second, The Stranger Upstairs, remained on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for almost six months when it was first published in 2016. She lives in Cologne, Germany. Melanie Raabe is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
Emily Saso (Canada) writes fiction and screenplays. She lives in Toronto and blogs at egoburn.blogspot.ca. Her debut novel, The Weather Inside, was published in 2016. She is currently writing her second.