Join two celebrated authors on the search for hope through their beautifully crafted new novels about escaping one’s destiny to achieve a better life with interviewer Bert Archer. Anthony De Sa introduces two compelling outcasts on a journey to find acceptance amidst war-torn Africa, in Children of the Moon. Congolese French author and singer-songwriter Wilfried N’Sondé paints sunshine dreams against the isolated and violent Paris projects, in Concrete Flowers. Hosted by David Bradford.
Please note that previously scheduled author Tash Aw (We The Survivors), will no longer appear at this event due to a scheduling conflict. Please stay tuned for his rescheduled 2019 Festival appearance.
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Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, including a new column that covers both travel and books for the Globe and Mail. You can follow his travels on Twitter @BertArcher and Instagram @World.of.Bert and read more about them at bertarcher.com.
David Bradford is a poet, essayist, and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and The Plot (House House Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City, and elsewhere. He lives in Verdun, Qc, and his first book, Dream of No One but Myself, is forthcoming from Brick Books.
Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. His short fiction has been published in several North American literary magazines. He attended The Humber School for Writers and now heads the English department and directs the creative writing program at a high school for the arts. Barnacle Love, his first book, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. De Sa’s second book, Kicking the Sky, was a national bestseller. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons.
Wilfried N'Sondé was born in 1969 in the Congo (Brazzaville) and grew up in France. After having studied politic sciences in Paris, he lived 25 years in Berlin. He is now based in Paris. Wilfried is widely considered one of the shining lights of the new generation of African and Afropean writers. His work has received considerable critical attention and been recognized with prestigious literary awards, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Senghor de la création littéraire. His last novel, Concrete Flowers, was published in English by Indiana University Press in 2018. He is also a musician and a songwriter, and he tours with his brother Serge N’Sondé in France and Germany. His appearance is in partnership with the Toronto Cultural Office of the French Embassy in Canada.