Wayne Johnston, Scaachi Koul, Vivek Shraya, George Elliott Clarke and Jan Wong Headline The eh List Writer Series this Fall.
The eh List Writer Series, featuring Canada’s A-list authors and rising stars, returns this fall with a powerhouse lineup of literary talent from coast to coast including, best-selling author Jan Wong, Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize winner Helen Humphreys and BuzzFeed's Scaachi Koul on her debut collection of essays, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.
The season kicks off Thursday, September 14 with Giller Prize and Governor General's Award nominated author Wayne Johnston on his new novel, First Snow, Last Night. Fiction aficionados will also want to check out critically acclaimed author Alison Pick on Israel, Palestine, a utopian dream and her new novel Strangers with the Same Dream at Barbara Frum Branch. And Toronto’s very own, critically acclaimed Martha Baillie on her new novel, If Clara, with one of Quebec’s most talented young writers, Nicolas Dickner, on his English-translated novel Six Degrees of Freedom at Runnymede Branch. Dickner will also be appearing at the Yorkville Branch with CBC’s Line Boily to discuss the original French version of the novel, Six degrés de liberté. (This program is in French.)
For those craving a thrill, check out best-selling author and Canadian criminal lawyer Robert Rotenberg on his new thriller featuring the popular homicide detective, Ari Greene, Heart of the City. At Lillian H. Smith Branch, two killer programs: west-coast writers Robyn Harding and new-comer, Roz Nay on their white-knuckled novels, Our Little Secret and The Party; and just in time for Halloween, morbid tales of Canada’s dead featuring Adam Bunch (The Toronto Book of the Dead), Mark Leslie (Haunted Hospitals) and Lorna Poplak (Drop Dead).
Get real with non-fiction writers including documentarist and science journalist Britt Wray on the ethics of de-extinction and her new book Rise of the Necrofauna; award-winning author and Globe and Mail feature columnist, Doug Saunders, on Maximum Canada and why Canada needs 100 million citizens to thrive; and award-winning journalist Katrina Onstad on the North American cult of “overwork” in her new book, The Weekend Effect. At Palmerston Branch, Canadian novelist and children's author, Kyo Maclear, and epidemiologist, veterinarian and writer David Walter-Toews share a conversation on the meaning of life, sustaining natural life, and their respective books, Birds Art Life: A Year in Observation and Eat the Beetles!
Bringing stories from Toronto’s east end, critically acclaimed author of Soucouyant, David Chariandy, and playwright and author, Catherine Hernandez, on their new novels, Brother and Scarborough. Toronto-based artist Vivek Shraya (Even this Page is White) and contributing editor of Toronto Life, Lauren McKeon (F-Bomb), discuss race and the anti-feminist movement. At Northern District Branch, critically acclaimed writers, Mandy Len Contran (How to Fall in Love with Anyone) and Glenn Dixon (Juliet’s Answers), discuss love, love, love!
Also appearing in the series, award-winning writer David Layton; Pamela Mulloy, Ania Szado, Andrew Borkowski, Aga Maksimowska and Jowita Bydlowska on their anthology Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Experience; Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, singer/poet Honey Novick, journalist Denise Donlon and poets Max Layton and John B. Lee pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen; and literary critic Nick Mount and journalist Elaine Dewar discuss the good, bad and ugly of #CanLit.
Top it off with the Indigenous Writers Gathering and the 2017 Toronto Book Award shortlisted authors in October, and you’ll find there is something for everyone. Place a hold on your favourite books, or purchase them at the event from our book store partners. Bring your questions, get your book signed and meet your favourite writers at branches across the city.
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