2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Animal: Lisa Taddeo in Conversation with Tara McGuire

Of her international bestseller Three Women, Lisa Taddeo has told the press, “I thought I was writing a quiet little book.” But her debut was one of the most celebrated books of 2019, named on 30 “best of” lists and hailed with praise such as “a dazzling achievement” and “an astonishing masterpiece.” But if Three Women was a silent classic, Animal roars. It shares the world of Joan, who—after enduring a lifetime of cruelty from men—begins to transform from prey into predator. “Honestly, sometimes I think it’s the only recourse. Killing men in times like these,” she explains. Raw, scorching, and dazzling, Animal is an exhilarating read. Taddeo shares more about her writing process, working through misogyny on the page, and what inspired the evolution of Joan.

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Participants and Speakers

Lisa Taddeo

LISA TADDEO is the author of Three Women. She has contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England. (UNITED STATES)

Tara McGuire

TARA MCGUIRE is a writer and broadcaster. Her first book, Holden After & Before — Love Letter for a Son Lost to Overdose, a hybrid work in memoir and fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press), was recognized by The Walrus as one of the favourite books of 2022 as chosen by Canadian authors (Ivan Coyote), and was a finalist for the 2023 City of Vancouver Book Award.