An Intimate Evening with Miriam Toews

Studio 1398 on October 24, 2015

If you’ve wondered how Miriam Toews’ characters can range from the tough-talking, funny, sarcastic Naomi in A Complicated Kindness to the freedom- yearning Irma Voth to the despondent, suicidal Elfrieda in her latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows, spend an hour with Toews tonight. She’s funny, self-effacing, thoughtful and articulate—and she’s had more than her share of heartache. Her new novel is her most autobiographical, she easily admits. “It was a way of keeping my sister alive and in my imagination andin my memory, where she still resides.” Toews writes from the heart, and speaks from the heart, too. Her honesty has touched readers worldwide.

Miriam Toews is the author of five bestselling novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness (Canada Reads 2006, Canada Reads Canadian Bestseller of the Decade 2010), The Flying Troutmans and Irma Voth. She is also the author of Swing Low: A Life, a work of non-fiction. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers’ Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. Her new novel is All My Puny Sorrows. She lives in Toronto.