Emma Donoghue and Sarah Waters in Conversation

Recorded at Performance Works on October 25, 2014

It’s a hallmark of the Writers Fest to put intelligent, thoughtful, articulate authors on stage together and watch as magic happens. That's exactly what happened in this 2014 Festival event, when Vancouver novelist Annabel Lyon talked to Irish novelist Emma Donoghue and Welsh novelist Sarah WatersEmma Donoghue’s fiction has been translated into more than 40 languages. Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Orange Prize, and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She’s also a literary historian and playwright. Sarah Waters has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times and her books are sold in more than 30 countries. From her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, through to her latest, The Paying Guests, Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction. Enjoy this conversation between three superb storytellers.

Emma Donoghue has published eight novels, including the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Slammerkin; Life Mask; and The Sealed Letter, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and Room, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. Her new book, Frog Music, is set in 1876 in San Francisco, the freewheeling “Paris of the West.” Born in Ireland, Donoghue lives in London, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Waters is the author of five novels. Tipping the Velvet won the Betty Trask Award, and Affinity won the Somerset Maugham Award and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the CWA Historical Dagger Award, as well as three Author of the Year awards. The Night Watch was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Little Stranger was published to rave reviews around the world, was an immediate bestseller in Canada and in the United Kingdom, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her new novel is The Paying Guests. Waters lives in London.