Bianca Marais, Heather O’Neill and Jesse Ruddock discuss love, loss and otherness with Cordelia Strube. From South Africa’s Apartheid era in the 1970s to 1914 Montreal and the ‘inhospitable’ north, these authors turn the stories of underdogs into literary magic. Hosted by Simone Dalton.
Simone Makeba Dalton is a writer currently working on her MFA thesis through the University of Guelph, which explores the histories inherited by daughters of absentee fathers. Her story “Undersigned" was published in The Unpublished City, curated by Dionne Brand, and her essay “What Will You Tell Your Children” will be published in the forthcoming Black Writing Matters, edited by Whitney French. She is the co-host of Guelph's Speakeasy reading series. Simone lives in Toronto and was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto’s SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband. She presents Hum If You Don't Know The Words.
Heather O’Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter. She presents The Lonely Hearts Hotel.
Born in Guelph and based in New York, Jesse Ruddock first left Canada on a hockey scholarship to Harvard. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the NewYorker.com, BOMB Magazine, Music & Literature, and Vice. Shot-Blue is her first novel.
Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including Alex & Zee, Teaching Pigs to Sing, and Lemon. Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, Strube has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A two-time finalist for ACTRA’s Nellie Award celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, she is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award. Her latest work On The Shores Of Darkness, There Is Light won the City of Toronto Book Award.