Faculty members of the Humber School for Writers discuss the craft of writing fiction. Find out how Wayson Choy, Aleksandar Hemon, Anne Michaels, Richard Scrimger, Miriam Toews and Meg Wolitzer approach story and novel writing from start to finish. The conversation with be moderated by Gill Deacon. Antanas Sileika hosts.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Wayson Choy’s bestselling debut novel, The Jade Peony, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995 and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. Its companion novel, All That Matters, also won a Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. His first memoir, Paper Shadows, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize and the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. Choy presents his second memoir, Not Yet, about the bonds of love and family that sustain us, framed by Choy’s own two near-death experiences.
Gill Deacon is an award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author. Her portfolio includes several prominent roles at CBC, including host of CBCTV’s Code Green, weekly arts correspondent for CBC News Morning, host of CBC’s flagship daytime show, The Gill Deacon Show, and guest host for CBC Toronto’s Here and Now. Deacon is also the author of the national bestsellers There’s Lead in Your Lipstick and Green for Life. She currently sings in a Toronto band called The Circumstantialists.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Making of Zombie Wars; The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times bestseller; and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, mostly for children. He teaches at the Humber College School For Writers, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader. Recent novels feature an irresistible superhero and the back end of Laura Secord’s cow. Visit him at www.scrimger.ca Do not follow @richardscrimger
Antanas Sileika is the author of five works of fiction and one book of nonfiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. The Barefoot Bingo Caller is his recent memoir. His latest novel, Provisionally Yours, is forthcoming from Biblioasis in March of 20129. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Miriam Toews is the author of five previous bestselling novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness (Canada Reads 2006, Canada Reads Canadian Bestseller of the Decade 2010), The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.
Meg Wolitzer is The New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.