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The writers in this forum tackle the difficult themes of grief and loss in childhood, in their latest works. Acclaimed Norwegian poet and novelist Rune Christiansen presents Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest, Taiwanese author and recipient of the United Daily News Literature Prize, Horace Ho, presents The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane, and Newfoundland author and award-winning poet Michael Crummey presents The Innocents (longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize). Get to know these acclaimed writers through their fascinating conversation and learn from their resilient characters. This conversation will be moderated by Ania Szado. Hosted by Danila Botha.
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Danila Botha is the author of two critically acclaimed short story collections, 2010’s Got No Secrets and 2016’s For All the Men (and Some of the Women I've Known) which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, The Vine Awards and The ReLit Award. She is also the author of the novel Too Much on the Inside, which won a Book Excellence Award and was short listed for a ReLit Award. Danila teaches creative writing at University of Toronto and Humber School for Writers. She is currently finishing a new novel and working on a new short story collection.
Rune Christiansen is a Norwegian poet and novelist. One of Norway’s most important literary writers, he is the author of more than 20 books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He has won many prestigious awards, including the 2014 Brage Prize for his bestselling novel, The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life. Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest, translated by Kari Dickson, was a finalist for the 2017 Brage Prize, and is his first book to appear in English. Christiansen is also a professor of creative writing. Rune lives just outside of Oslo, Norway. His appearance is supported by NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad.
Michael Crummey’s first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize and his second novel, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent novel, Sweetland, was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Horace Ho (Ho Chih-ho) was born in Taipei. He received a M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from National Dong Hwa University and Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from Fu Jen Catholic University. He is the winner of several literature awards, including the United Daily News Literature Awards for Short Stories. He has published a collection of short stories, The Night When the Night Was Lost (2001), and three novels: The melancholy of the white city (2005), The Offshore Island Bible (2008) and The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane (2013). Currently, he teaches Creative Writing at Chinese Culture University in Taipei. Supported by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.
Ania Szado is the bestselling author of Studio Saint-Ex – a novel about fashion and The Little Prince in 1940s NYC – and Beginning of Was, which was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Ania was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read." Her short fiction has been anthologized, most recently in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction.