Do not miss Catherine Graham as she hosts authors Alexandra Risen, Kate Taylor, and Madeleine Thien in a live reading of tales of truth.
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Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her debut novel, Quarry, won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s PoetryNOW: Battle of the Bards.
Alexandra Risen is the best-selling author of UNEARTHED, a meditation on love, family and cultural legacy, and our interconnectedness with nature. In the memoir, Alexandra restores a historic garden while she examines her parents’ history through their war years, and as part of the Ukrainian diaspora of Canada. UNEARTHED garnered excellent US literary reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist (starred review), and spent four weeks on the Canadian national non-fiction bestseller list. She is one of three co-founding editors of the not-for-profit online literary magazine donttalktomeaboutlove.org, which explores love in literary and art forms. Devoted to nature and a closet geologist, Alexandra lives with her husband, son, and rescued dog, Hunter.
Kate Taylor is an award-winning Toronto journalist, critic and novelist. She is a longtime staff writer in the Arts section of The Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as the visual art critic. She also writes about film and cultural policy. Her 2003 novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Awards – as was her her most recent book, Serial Monogamy, which is now is available in paperback.
Madeleine Thien is the author of Simple Recipes, which was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, a Kiriyama Pacific Prize Notable Book, and won the BC Book Prize for Fiction. Dogs at the Perimeter was shortlisted for Berlin’s International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Liberaturpreis. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and appeared in many literary journals. “The Wedding Cake” was shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is set in China after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Thien lives in Montreal.