This spring, celebrate the budding voices of three Canadian debut authors: Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty, Arsenal Pulp Press), Derek Mascarenhas (Coconut Dreams, Book*hug) and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots, Invisible Publishing). The writers will join author Catherine Hernandez (Scarborough, Arsenal Pulp Press) in conversation about the experience of writing and releasing a first book, and explore commonalities in their work, including multiple narratives in short form writing.
Khalida Hassan will be hosting the event.
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Khalida Venus Hassan is an Afghan Canadian writer. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. You can read her short story "Complicit" in Issue 34 of The Puritan. In 2018, she was selected as a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her short story “Adjacent Rooms.” She lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant and is working on a collection of short stories.
Catherine Hernandez is the award-winning author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press). Scarborough won the 2015 Jim Wong-Chu Award, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award and Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; and longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. It made the "Best of 2017" list for the Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire, and CBC Books.
Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His fiction has been published in places such as Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Antigonish Review. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto. Coconut Dreams is his first book.
Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, Ontario where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.
A former journalist and current paediatrician, Bindu Suresh is the author of short stories that have appeared in various literary publications. She studied literature at Columbia University and medicine at McGill University. Born in Wales, she grew up in Canada and has spent equal parts of her life in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal. Bindu is fluent in French, Spanish, and English.