Incite: May 8

7:30pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library

The Writer

Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam has written for Harpers’ and The Walrus. His novel Some Great Thing  won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second novel, Fall, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and awarded the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennon Prize. His latest book is A Beautiful Truth.

A Beautiful Truth
Told simultaneously from the perspectives of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth reveals the lure of belonging and the capacity for survival. This is a heartfelt story about parenthood and friendship, about the things we hold sacred as humans and the facts that link us to nature.


Shyam Selvadurai

Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was a national bestseller, and won the W. H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Lambda Literary Award, and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was shortlisted for the Trillium Award.

The Hungry Ghosts
The Hungry Ghosts
is a beautifully written, dazzling story of family, wealth and the long reach of the past. It shows how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart both a country and the human heart—not just once, but many times, until the ghosts are fed and freed.


paulo da costa

paulo da costa is a writer, editor, and translator living on the West Coast. His first book of fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada-Caribbean region and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His new book is The Green and Purple Skin of the World.

The Green and Purple Skin of the World
paulo da costa’s stories get under your skin, bruise your consciousness with their exploration of the forces that hold us together, not always benignly, and those that pull us apart. These stories dazzle and beguile: with their craft, their often dark humour, their grasp of people living the extremity that is daily life.


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