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Knowing when to hold on and when to let go are common struggles in life and in love. Join three award-winning international authors for a discussion about both the fictional and real life experiences that shaped their latest English-translated novels. Japanese author Kyoko Nakajima accounts one woman’s nostalgic memories as recounted near the end of her life, in The Little House. Portugese author, journalist and playwright Inês Pedrosa will share the story of two lovers in limbo, still conversing with each other after one has died, in Still I Miss You. Israeli author Zeruya Shalev exposes how old passions can return, testing our capacity to make choices about what is most essential in life, in Pain. The conversation will be moderated by Steven W. Beattie. Hosted by David Yoon.
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Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Kyoko Nakajima was born in Tokyo in 1964. After working at a publishing firm and as a freelance writer, she made her debut as a novelist in 2003 with Futon. In 2010 her novel Chisai ouchi won the Naoki Prize. This was followed by the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Tsuma ga shiitake datta koro (When My Wife Was a Shiitake) in 2014 and the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award for Katazuno! (One-Horn!) in 2015. Her other works include Ito no koi (Ito’s Romance) and Chobo zekka (A Magnificent View). Supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Inês Pedrosa is a portuguese writer and translator. She graduated in Communication Sciences at the Universidade Nova, in Lisbon, where she is now doing a PHD in Comparative Literature. She was the editor of the portuguese edition of Marie Claire magazine and the director of Fernando Pessoa’s House Museum. Currently, she does cultural programs in the public radio and participates in a weekly political debate in public television.She has published 22 books, including novels, short-stories, essays, and biographies. Her books have been published in the United States of America, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Spain. Supported by Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua.
Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She is the author of four previous novels; The Remains of Love, Love Life, Husband and Wife, and Thera, a book of poetry and a children's book. Her work has been translated into 25 languages and won multiple awards including the Corine International Book Prize and the Welt-Literature Award. She lives in Jerusalem. Supported by the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada.
David, aka ThePoptimist, is part of that erudite, book-loving, tea-spilling beast that is booktube. Which, quite frankly, skews a whole heck of a lot younger. (Most guys his age on YouTube are explaining how to clean the carburetor on your lawn mower.) Instead, he focuses on literary fiction, particularly from POC authors and all the rabbit holes books can send you down. It's just a bit of side hustle from his day job as a high tech marketing wonk trying to keep his social media douchery mostly in check. Individual results may vary.