In Poland, Jakub Żulczyk has become one of the poster children (alongside fellow Festival participants Dorota Maslowska and Jakub Malecki) for an entirely new generation of writers who continue to challenge social and artistic norms through narrative. Inspired by the stories of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, there’s a similar bleakness and cynicism at play in Żulczyk’s work that has continued to disturb and captivate readers in equal measure.
Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is not the kind of book you simply put down at the end of a reading session before getting on with your life.
If the buzz is to be believed, she’s crafted a tear-jerker for the ages. It’s a simultaneously epic and intimate tale about the past and present love shared by two men; one is an aspiring artist forced to work in an car factory and the other is married to a woman with whom he has built an entirely new life. As their love triangle unfolds, Winman explores what happens when we shut out those closest to us with the book’s title serving as a thematic reference to the character of the same name in The Wizard of Oz.
The Toronto International Festival of Authors has something for curious readers of all kinds, and that mantra extends to our free events as well. This year, our roster of free programming contains a very exciting mix of first-time and returning events. We’ve listed them all below!
This past summer, North American audiences were introduced to the equally eccentric and poignant writing of Sayaka Murata, whose acclaimed novel, Convenience Store Woman, was translated to English and released by Grove Press . Though she’s written 10 books since 2005, Convenience Store Woman marks the first time one of Murata’s novels has reached audiences in Canada and the United States. With that in mind, the book may be the perfect introduction to Murata, whose penchant for making the ordinary and the mundane seem extraordinary has been thoroughly praised by critics in the months following its release.