Armed with words, young writers Shani Boianjiu, Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra and Abdellah Taïa weigh in on conflict at home and in foreign lands, and discuss the meaning of bravery. Hosted and moderated by David Common.
This event is part of Brave New Word, a Festival focus on young and emerging authors from Canada and abroad.
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Shani Boianjiu was chosen by author Nicole Krauss as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award winners. At the age of 18, she entered the Israel Defence Forces, and at 26, she is one of the youngest writers on Random House of Canada’s prestigious Bond Street Books list. Boianjiu will present her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, about young women in the Israel Defence Forces. Constantly preparing for a moment that may never arrive, they are perpetually waiting—for womanhood, orders, war, peace.
David Common was recently appointed anchor of CBC Radio’s morning news program World Report. He worked previously as CBC's New York Correspondent and European Correspondent. He began with the CBC in 1998 after studying at Stockholm University in Sweden and York University in Toronto. Common has been based in London (UK), Toronto, Fredericton, Winnipeg and Regina, and has been to Afghanistan, Iraq, parts of Africa and virtually everywhere in Europe. He now moves between various U.S. states. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Gemini in the Best Reportage category.
Sahar Delijani attended the University of California, Berkeley, and has contributed works to various literary publications and journals, including Tryst, Slice Magazine and Berkeley Poetry Review. She was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize. Delijani presents her first novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, which is based on her own experience growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. It will be published in more than 70 countries and translated into 25 languages. Told from multiple perspectives, the novel offers an intimate portrait of revolution and explores the fear, anger and hope felt by three generations of families.
Anthony Marra is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the winner of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Narrative Prize in 2010. Marra presents his highly acclaimed debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, set in war-torn Chechnya against a backdrop of brutal violence by Russian forces. After her father is abducted in a midnight raid, eight-year-old Havaa seeks sanctuary in a nearby hospital with her neighbour Akhmed, where their fates become irrevocably intertwined with that of Sonja, a self-reliant, brilliant surgeon who awaits the return of her missing sister.
Abdellah Taïa is the first Moroccan and Arab writer to publicly declare his homosexuality. The French Éditions du Seuil has published five of his books, including L'armée du salut, which was translated into English in 2009 under the title Salvation Army. His novel Le jour du Roi was awarded the prestigious French Prix de Flore in 2010. He has just finished his first full-length movie as a director, Salvation Army, an adaptation from his eponymous novel. Taïa presents his autobiographical novel of self-discovery, An Arab Melancholia, about an openly gay man who lives between cultures in Egypt and France.