Amazon.ca First Novel award-winner Anakana Schofield and debut author Amy Spurway prove that ruin and resilience can go hand in hand, in their respective new novels, Bina: A Novel in Warnings and Crow. The stories each feature a disarmingly delightful heroine coming to terms with a significant end, but refusing to see it through quietly. The authors will walk you through their expertly crafted tales, including their spurts of dark humour, and discuss the contrasts and parallels in their work. The pair will be interviewed by Susan G. Cole. Hosted by Danila Botha.
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Susan G. Cole is a writer, editor and activist. She is the author of two books on violence against women, Pornography and the Sex Crisis and Power Surge: Sex, Violence and Pornography (both Second Story Press) and is the editor of Outspoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues (Playwrights Canada Press). Her play, the comedy A Fertile Imagination, about two lesbians trying to have a baby, was nominated for two Dora Awards in Toronto. She lives in Toronto, where she is a political commentator and Books Editor at NOW Magazine, with her partner and has just become a grandmother.
Anakana Schofield is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize–shortlisted novel Martin John (2015), which was also a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, among others. Her debut novel, Malarky, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Her writing and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, the Globe and Mail and The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, among others. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Amy Spurway was born and raised on Cape Breton, where, at the age of 11, she landed her first writing and performing gigs with CBC Radio. She has worked as a communications consultant, editor, speech-writer and performer. Her writing has appeared in Today's Parent, the Toronto Star, Babble and Elephant Journal. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.