My Way - with Charles Foran, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Eimear McBride

Recorded at Waterfront Theatre on October 21, 2014

Writing in the risk zone of the unconventional often comes with a personal cost—and sometimes results in a great reward. Charles Foran, whose biography of Mordecai Richler won several major awards, rejects convention with his new novel, told in the language of social media. For almost 50 pages straight, he writes in pure “net” talk. Karl Ove Knausgaard, after trying for four years, left behind traditional plot and character to say what he really wanted to say, in a raw and unembellished way. The result? “Like being tumble- dried through another person’s brain,” writes one ecstatic reviewer. Eimear McBride dared to represent experience “at the moment just before language becomes formatted thought.” Her award-winning novel is a staccato stream of consciousness without commas or quotation marks. Unique and provocative, these are pioneers arriving triumphantly in new literary lands.

This event was sponsored by the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program.

Charles Foran is an award-winning journalist and the author of 11 books, including five previous novels. His biography Mordecai: The Life and Times won the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. Foran holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College Dublin. His new novel is Planet Lolita. He lives in Toronto.




Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature, and his second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, received the prestigious Brage Prize. The six novels of the My Struggle cycle can be read independently or as one hugely ambitious project. This breathtaking cycle has been the greatest literary sensation in Norway in decades.





Eimear McBride was born in Liverpool to Northern Irish parents. At the age of 27, she wrote her first novel, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, in just six months. It took nine years for her to find a publisher, and this year it won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. McBride lives in Norwich with her husband and daughter.