Join this unique and frank conversation between four diverse Canadian women writers — Loren Edizel, Susan Glickman, C. Fong Hsiung and Tehmina Khan — whose latest novels involve powerful female characters struggling with oppression in the world around them. Relating to their books, these authors will reflect on what it means to be a “woman writer” – a label that is warmly embraced by some authors yet strongly rejected by others. Is this label, in our contemporary context, a valid categorization, or does it pigeon-hole, maybe even marginalize, women writers? And how does the “woman writer” label intersect with cultural, ethnic, and other diversities?
Hosted and moderated by Nora Gold, a writer herself and the organizer of the “Wonderful Women Writers” reading series (where all four authors have read), this will be a riveting conversation on a topic rarely explored in depth.
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Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey, and has lived in Canada most of her life. She is the author of four novels, Days of Moonlight (2018), a historical novel recounting the taboo love affair of two Turkish women in the 1960s; Adrift (2011) (long-listed for the ReLit Awards); The Ghosts of Smyrna (2013); and a collection of short stories, Confessions: A Book of Tales (2014). The Ghosts of Smyrna was also published in Turkish, in Turkey, in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in journals in both Canada and in Turkey. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Susan Glickman is the author of the YA novel The Discovery of Flight (2018), six volumes of poetry, most recently The Smooth Yarrow (2012), three novels for adults, most recently Safe as Houses (2015), the “Lunch Bunch” trilogy of children’s books, and The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape (1998). She works as a freelance editor and teaches creative writing in the continuing education programs of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
Nora Gold, born and raised in Montreal, is a prize-winning author. Her novel, The Dead Man, was published by Inanna Publications in 2016. Her novel, Fields of Exile, won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and Gold’s previous book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award (1999). In addition to her writing, Dr. Gold is the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal Jewish Fiction.net which has published over 300 stories from around the world (including translations from 14 languages) and has readers in 140 countries. Gold also coordinates the Wonderful Women Writers Series.
The eldest of five children, C. Fong Hsiung was born to Hakka Chinese parents in Kolkata, India. At the age of eighteen she immigrated to Canada where she married and raised three sons. Her first novel, Picture Bride (Mawenzi House), was published in 2014. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
Tehmina Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds degrees from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis. She has her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a dog, Luna, and is currently working on a novel.