Authors Nadeem Aslam, Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra, Peter Norman and Francine Prose read from their latest works. Hosted by Tanis Rideout.
Nadeem Aslam has published three highly acclaimed novels, Season of the Rainbirds, Maps for Lost Lovers and The Wasted Vigil, and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Aslam presents The Blind Man’s Garden, a beautiful yet tormenting novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan following the events of 9/11. Following Jeo and Mikal, two brothers who set off from their small town to care for wounded civilians in Afghanistan, this is a tale of unbreakable family ties and the inevitable loss of war.
Sahar Delijani attended the University of California, Berkeley, and has contributed works to various literary publications and journals, including Tryst, Slice Magazine and Berkeley Poetry Review. She was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize. Delijani presents her first novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, which is based on her own experience growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. It will be published in more than 70 countries and translated into 25 languages. Told from multiple perspectives, the novel offers an intimate portrait of revolution and explores the fear, anger and hope felt by three generations of families.
Anthony Marra is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the winner of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Narrative Prize in 2010. Marra presents his highly acclaimed debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, set in war-torn Chechnya against a backdrop of brutal violence by Russian forces. After her father is abducted in a midnight raid, eight-year-old Havaa seeks sanctuary in a nearby hospital with her neighbour Akhmed, where their fates become irrevocably intertwined with that of Sonja, a self-reliant, brilliant surgeon who awaits the return of her missing sister.
Francine Prose is the author of 15 books of fiction, including the novel Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. A recipient of numerous grants, awards and honours, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, she was a Director’s Fellow at the Centre of Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She presents her most recent novel, My New American Life, which captures contemporary America at its most hilarious and dreadful with mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters and the ever-elusive American dream.
Tanis Rideout has been a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. In 2006, she was named Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario. Rideout also joined Sarah Harmer’s I Love the Escarpment Tour to read a commissioned poem. She was born in Belgium, grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of a novel, Above All Things, and a collection of poems, Arguments with the Lake.