Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:00 PM
Performance, Reading: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18



Sean Michaels’ (The Wagers) Swingin’ Moonlight Reading Hour is a vivid, imaginative cabaret: for one night only, a team of Toronto’s most artful musicians—Joseph Shabason, Bram Gielen, Thom Gill and Germaine Liu—will accompany readings by some of the Festival’s most exciting authors, using words and music to change the tempo and bring literature to life. Featuring writers Cherie Dimaline (Empire of Wild), Steven Price (Lampedusa), Zeruya Shalev (Pain), and Souvankham Thammavongsa (Cluster) with a band custom-curated from the city’s independent music scene.

Please note that previously scheduled author Tash Aw (We The Survivors), will no longer appear at this event due to a scheduling conflict. Please stay tuned for his rescheduled 2019 Festival appearance.

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  • Cherie Dimaline

    Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017 and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in young adult literature, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and was a fan favourite in CBC's Canada Reads. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014 and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.

  • Sean Michaels

    Sean Michaels is a fiction writer and critic who founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was nominated for the First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines and songs with colours in their titles.

  • Steven Price

    Steven Price is the author of two novels, By Gaslight (2016), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Into That Darkness (2011). Also an acclaimed poet, he has written two award-winning poetry books, Anatomy of Keys (2006), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, and Omens in the Year of the Ox (2012), winner of the ReLit Award. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

  • Zeruya Shalev

    Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She is the author of four previous novels; The Remains of Love, Love Life, Husband and Wife, and Thera, a book of poetry and a children's book. Her work has been translated into 25 languages and won multiple awards including the Corine International Book Prize and the Welt-Literature Award. She lives in Jerusalem. Supported by the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada.

  • Souvankham Thammavongsa

    Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and most recently, Cluster. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut collection of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in the spring of 2020. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto.