Authors Claire Cameron, Karen Russell and Helen Walsh take the stage to read from their latest works. Emily M. Keeler hosts.
Emily M. Keeler is the Vice President of PEN Canada. In 2012, she founded Little Brother, an award winning literary magazine featuring the best of a new generation of writing and art. Formerly the books editor of the National Post, Emily is now the series editor for Exploded Views, a chewy and contentious line of short and smart nonfiction books from Coach House Books. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.
Karen Russell is the celebrated author of three books, including Swamplandia!, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She has also been named in The New Yorker’s list of the 20 best writers under the age of 40, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of 35. In September 2013, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. She presents Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a magical collection of stories that showcases her powerful gifts of invention and originality.
Helen Walsh was born in England in 1976. Her first novel, Brass, was published in 2004 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, was the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award and her third novel, Go to Sleep, was published by Canongate to much fanfare in 2011. Walsh presents her new novel, The Lemon Grove. Set on the rugged, mountainous west coast of Mallorca, this taut, sultry, brilliantly paced novel is an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth.