2024 Festival:
October 21–27

68: The Literary Cabaret

68: The Literary Cabaret


Update: We regret to announce that Joshua Whitehead is no longer able to join this event.

Where else can you hear six acclaimed authors—three of them Booker-listed and all of them award-winning—read their work accompanied by professional musicians?

Atmospheric and entirely unique, there’s really no other experience like the Literary Cabaret. Join Musical Director Sally Zori and their band Sally Zori & The Allegories for an evening of creative delights. The band will accompany must-read Lebanese-German author Pierre Jarawan, Booker-longlisted Gabriel Krauze, beloved and award-winning Heather O’Neill, Booker-finalist Nadifa Mohamed, 2022 Booker-nominee Graeme Macrae Burnet, and transcendent poet, memoirist, and novelist Joshua Whitehead.

Event Participants:

Graeme Macrae Burnet

GRAEME MACRAE BURNET is among Scotland’s leading contemporary novelists. Best known for his dazzling Booker-shortlisted novel, His Bloody Project, he is also the author of The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau and The Accident on the A35. His most recent novel, Case Study, has also been nominated for the 2022 Booker Prize. (SCOTLAND)

Pierre Jarawan

PIERRE JARAWAN was born in Amman, Jordan, to a Lebanese father and a German mother. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, and received numerous awards for his debut, The Storyteller, which went on to become an international bestseller. Song for the Missing is his second novel. (GERMANY/LEBANON)

Gabriel Krauze

GABRIEL KRAUZE grew up in London in a Polish family and was drawn to a life of crime and gangs. Now he has left that world behind, and is recapturing his life through writing. Who They Was, his first novel, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and named a Best Book of 2021 by Time. (UNITED KINGDOM)

Nadifa Mohamed

NADIFA MOHAMED  was born in Somaliland, and moved with her family to London at the age of four. She has received The Betty Trask Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, and in 2013, she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. The Fortune Men was a finalist for the Booker Prize. (UNITED KINGDOM)

Heather O’Neill

HEATHER O’NEILL is the author of When We Lost Our Heads, a spellbinding story about two women whose friendship changes the course of history. Her previous work has won CBC’s Canada Reads and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as the Giller. (QUEBEC)

Sally Zori

SALLY ZORI A transgender Iraqi raised in the U.A.E. and different parts of “Canada,” Sally Zori (They/Them) is a session musician, percussionist, and content creator. They have played stages and theatres in North America, Europe, and Australia with different bands, orchestras, musicals, theatre shows, and was the percussionist for Aretha Franklin (NYE 2008).