The Next Generation


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Thursday, November 5
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Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye

Each of these authors is one of the most lauded names in Canadian Literature this year, transforming the range and depth of stories that we tell. Some have published work for more than a decade; others have been celebrated as a remarkable emerging writer. They all share the ability to write soulfully about pressing personal and political frictions and, in doing so, offer the possibility of a more just world. We delve into their celebrated, varied titles in a conversation about creativity and imagination. Farzana Doctor’s Seven, a story of inheritance and resistance, has been called “penetrating and subtle,” and “defiant and engrossing.” Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs is an unputdownable page-turner, a cautionary tale exploring a dystopian near future in which communities of colour, the disabled and the LGBTQ+ are forced into labour camps in Toronto. RBC Bronwen Wallace Award winner

John Elizabeth Stintzi’s Vanishing Monuments is a tender, powerful story of grief and connection. Come meet some of our most exciting voices today.

ANNA LING KAYE is a fiction writer and freelance editor based in Vancouver. A former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, she is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival and sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize.

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FARZANA DOCTOR is is the author of Stealing Nasreen, All Inclusive, and Six Metres of Pavement, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Her most recent work is Seven. She lives in Toronto, ON.

CATHERINE HERNANDEZ is a proud queer brown femme author and artistic director of b current performing arts. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, and Indian heritage, and she is married into the Navajo Nation. Hernandez is the author of the novel Scarborough, which is soon to be a motion picture; won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, the Trillium Book Award and others; and was longlisted for Canada Reads.

JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI is a non-binary writer who was raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. They are the author of two previous chapbooks of poetry, and their poems have been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the Long Poem Prize from The Malahat Review.

Presented thanks to the support of RBC.