7:30pm on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Admission is free
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Ondjaki is an Angolan writer with over a dozen published books, which have been translated into several languages. His collection of short stories Os da minha rua won a prize from the Portuguese Writers’ Association in 2008. He lives in Rio de Janeiro and his new book is Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret.
Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret
By the beaches of Luanda, the Russians are building a grand mausoleum to honour the remains of the Comrade President. Granmas are whispering: houses, they say, will be dexploded, and everyone will have to leave. Can the children of Luanda steal the Russians' dynamite, decipher Comrade Gudafterov's letter, and save their homes? A colourful cast and sparkly dialogue make Granma Nineteen a charming coming-of-age novel, from the next rising star in African literature.
Claire Battershill won the 2008 CBC Literary Award for Short Fiction for the title story from her debut collection, Circus, and was recently named the co-winner of the 2013 Canadian Authors Association's Emerging Writer Award. She has a PhD in English Literature and Book History, and has taught English and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She now lives in London, England, where she teaches at the University of Reading.
Circus conjures up familiar dilemmas as glimpsed through an irresistibly unconventional lens. Filled with an unforgettable all-too-human cast of characters on the cusp of enormous change, these stories are as funny and entertaining as they are poignant and wise. Battershill’s stories are an extraordinary reminder that sometimes everyday life can be the greatest show on earth.
Sean Michaels is a writer and music critic. A two-time National Magazine Award winner, his work has been published by the Guardian, McSweeney's, the Walrus, Brick, Pitchfork, The Believer, and many other publications. In 2003, he founded the music-blog Said the Gramophone. He lives in Montreal.
In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, Us Conductors takes us from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. Michaels’ new book is a beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen—creator of the theremin.