Setting The Stage: Bestsellers to Kick off the Fest
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Delve into the minds and motivations of three of the biggest literary names this year with these one-to-one conversations. Megha Majumdar’s A Burning, already a Today Show pick and an instant NYT bestseller has received accolades everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Vogue. Majumdar has been compared to Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi and Jhumpa Lahiri for her electrifying debut about three interwoven characters looking to rise above their circumstances. Emily St. John Mandel transfixed millions of readers with Station Eleven before repeating her success with The Glass Hotel: a story of money, beauty and white collar crime. Booker Prize longlisted Brandon Taylor is a New Yorker favourite, whose debut novel Real Life was one of the most anticipated titles of 2020, described as a novel of startling intimacy, violence and mercy. Moderated by the Vancouver Writers Fest Artistic Director, Leslie Hurtig, you don’t want to miss this.