2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Sayaka Murata

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.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson burst onto the scene in major way with 1995’s Traplines, a relentlessly bleak collection of short stories focused on the violent and twisted relationships of their troubled narrators. The book would go on to win the the Winifred Holtby Prize for the best first work of fiction and in its darkness readers found a beating heart uniquely attuned to a set of experiences they couldn’t read about anywhere else. After all, Eden Robinson was one of the the first Haisla writers to have ever published a novel.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Esi Edugyan

2011’s Half-Blood Blues announced Esi Edugyan as one of Canada’s top writing talents; earning nominations for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for English language fiction and the Man Booker Prize; and winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize all in the same year. The book’s incredible success marked a new chapter in Edugyan’s career following an arduous struggle to secure a publishing deal for a since-abandoned novel that she originally planned on writing after The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, her 2004 debut.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Ondjaki

Ondjaki is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers in Angolan history, with critics hailing him as one of the most important writers in the history of African literature. Ondjaki’s diverse bibliography includes children’s books, poetry collections, short story anthologies and novels, plus additional credits in writing for film/television and theatre.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Vivek Shraya

Is there anything Vivek Shraya can’t do? For over 10 years now, the multi-disciplinary artist has bounced from medium to medium without ever missing a step, always subverting expectations and defying categorization. Short films, photo exhibits, solo and collaborative albums, poetry and short story collections you name it, she’s done it.

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