Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press), which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award in Fiction, and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Currently, he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7).
Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French; Je marche sous un ciel de traîne, La vie voyageuse, Corniche Kennedy, and Naissance d’un pont, which was translated as Birth of a Bridge, winner of the Franz Hessel Prize and the Médicis Prize. She has also published a novella, Tangente vers l’est which won the 2012 Landerneau Prize. In 2014 her fifth novel, Réparer les vivants, was published to wide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama. She lives in Paris, France.
Maylis de Kerangal’s Festival appearance is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada.