Writers Ted Barris, Adam Foulds, Robert Glancy and David Macfarlane read from their latest works with host Nathan Whitlock.
This event is part of 2014’s Festival focus, Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and across the world around WWI.
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He regularly writes for the national media and has hosted many CBC Radio programs and shows on TV Ontario. His 18 bestselling non-fiction books include Juno, Behind the Glory, Deadlock in Korea, Victory at Vimy and Breaking the Silence. In June 2014, his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London, England, now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the E. M. Forster Award, the Encore Award, and the European Union Prize For Literature. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He was named as one of Granta Magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 and of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014.
Robert Glancy was born in Zambia in 1975 and raised in Malawi. At 14, he moved from Africa to Edinburgh, and then went on to study history at Cambridge. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. Glancy currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He presents his riotously funny and slyly insightful debut novel, Terms & Conditions, about a contracts lawyer who thinks and lives in the fine print.
David Macfarlane's novel Summer Gone, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His Newfoundland family memoir, The Danger Tree: Memory, War, and the Search for a Family's Past, was greeted with extraordinary international acclaim. His most recent novel, The Figures of Beauty, won the Bressani Literary Prize. During the past year, in collaboration with Douglas Cameron, Macfarlane has co-created The Door You Came In, a two-man performance of music and text based on the stories of The Danger Tree. It will be performed throughout Newfoundland in the summer of 2016.
Nathan Whitlock’s award-winning fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve and Best Canadian Essays. He is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. Congratulation on Everything is a story of ambition, failure, sex, and the service industry. Whitlock lives in Toronto with his wife and children.