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.
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.
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.
In 2018, we profiled some of the authors who participated in the 39th edition of the Festival. After this profile was published, Esi Edugyan won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Washington Black which made her the first author to win the prize for back-to-back titles.
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.