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The line between fiction and reality will blur, as three celebrated authors untangle the complicated yet tender family dramas showcased in their latest works. From Michael Christie comes Greenwood (longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize), a family saga, in which the fates of five people are unexpectedly linked over a hundred years. Festival favourite Emma Donoghue presents Akin, her first contemporary novel since Room, introducing an old man and a boy on a journey to unpack their family history and start writing a new one together. Ian Williams pulls the curtain on suburban family life in his latest novel Reproduction. Through these intergenerational tales, the authors will speak to how strong chosen families can bind, when blood runs thin. The conversation will be moderated by Deborah Dundas. Hosted by Ayesha Chatterjee.
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Born and raised in India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany and now calls Toronto home. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Her work has appeared in journals across the world and has been translated into French and Slovene. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets. She currently serves as chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus. She is a juror for the 2019 VINE awards for Jewish-Canadian Literature.
Michael Christie is the author of If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Kirkus Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was selected as a New York Times Editors Choice Pick, as well as the author of The Beggar's Garden, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Globe & Mail. Michael divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island.
Born in Dublin, Emma Donoghue is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue’s screenplay of Room earned the film four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects) to the historical (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music) and includes books for young readers. Her novel The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Ian Williams’s poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize. CBC named him as one of ten Canadian writers to watch. In 2018, he became a trustee for the Griffin Poetry Prize.