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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a photographer’s story is boundless. Uncover the lives of two of France’s most storied female photographers of the 20th century, as told by two of the year’s most highly-anticipated historical fiction novels. Helena Janeczek presents The Girl with the Leica, which recounts the life of real-life photographer Gerda Taro, who died during the Spanish Civil War. The book made Janeczek the first woman in 15 years to win Italy’s Strega Prize. In The Age of Light, debut author Whitney Scharer tells the story of model turned photographer Lee Miller and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse.
The authors will bring their immersive imagery to life with live readings, followed by a discussion on paralleled themes in their work led by interviewer Kate Taylor. Hosted by David Bradford.
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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(House House Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City, and elsewhere.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.
Born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family, Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for over thirty years. With The Girl with the Leica she won the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. She lives in Milan, Italy. Her appearance is supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review and other journals. She’s received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Age of Light is her first novel.
Kate Taylor is an award-winning Toronto journalist, critic and novelist. She is a longtime staff writer in the Arts section of The Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as the visual art critic. She also writes about film and cultural policy. Her 2003 novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Awards – as was her her most recent book, Serial Monogamy, which is now is available in paperback.