Crime knows no boundaries, and neither does this panel of crime writers, having all soared to the top of their countries’ bestseller lists, while packing multiple awards along the way. Join Thomas King (A Matter of Malice), legendary writer and Order of Canada recipient, and Un-su Kim (The Plotters), recipient of Korea’s most prestigious Munhakdongne Novel Prize, appearing with Sora Kim-Russell (The Plotters), one of today’s top Korean-to-English translators, as well as Teresa Solana (The First Prehistoric Serial Killer), Catalonian author and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, to find out how they weave such gripping tales with moderator Deborah Dundas. Hosted by Emily Saso.
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Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Un-Su Kim was born in 1972 in Busan, which is a port city about five hours south of Seoul. The author of several highly praised novels, he has won the Munhakdongne Novel Prize, Korea's most prestigious literary prize, and was nominated for the 2016 Grand Prix de la Litteraire Policiere, a French prize for the best international crime novel. The translator, Sora Kim-Russell, is a Korean-American living in Seoul where she teaches translation. Supported by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
Sora Kim-Russell has published eleven books in translation, along with numerous short stories. Her translation of Pyun Hye-young's The Hole won the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award, and Hwang Sok-yong’s At Dusk was long-listed for the 2019 Man Booker International. Forthcoming work includes The Law of Lines by Pyun Hye-young; On the Origin of Species and Other Stories by Boyoung Kim; and The Prisoner by Hwang Sok-yong. For more info, see sorakimrussell.com. Supported by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His critically-acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River, Green Grass, Running Water, Truth and Bright Water, A Short History of Indians in Canada, and most recently The Back of the Turtle, which won the 2014 Governor General’s Award. The Inconvenient Indian, a work of non-fiction, won several national prizes and was described by Joseph Boyden as “destined to become a classic of historical narrative.” King is a member of the Order of Canada and a National Aboriginal Foundation award recipient. A Matter of Malice is the fourth novel in King’s DreadfulWater series.
Emily Saso (Canada) writes fiction and screenplays. She lives in Toronto and blogs at egoburn.blogspot.ca. Her debut novel, The Weather Inside, was published in 2016. She is currently writing her second.
Teresa Solana was born in Barcelona, where she has lived most of her life. Before becoming a writer, she was a professional literary translator and for seven years directed «The Translators’ House», an institution dedicated to promoting translation. She published her first book, A not so perfect crime, in 2006. She writes in Catalan and her novels and stories, full of irony and humor, have been translated into several languages and won several awards. She has also written children's books. Her latest work, The first prehistoric serial killer and other stories, was published in English in 2018 by Bitter Lemon Press. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull.