2024 Festival:
October 21–27

67. Good Reads

67. Good Reads

The premise of our Good Reads event each year is simple: hear from three authors of must-read, unputdownable books. Claudia Dey uses penetrating insight and devilish humour in Daughter: a blazing examination of the forces that drive us to become… and to break free. From breaking free to Breaking and Entering, Don Gillmor’s utterly compelling novel pokes at upper-middle class intelligentsia via the dissatisfied protagonist who gets an unexpected itch for crime. Emi Sasagawa’s celebrated debut, Atomweight, speaks to competing cultures, traditions, and values in a bold and gripping tale. Make space in your evening and your bookshelf for these buzzworthy books. Moderated by Caroline Adderson.

Event Participants:

Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. Her work has received numerous national and international awards and nominations. She teaches in the Writing and Publishing Program at SFU and is the Program Director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Claudia Dey

CLAUDIA DEY is the author of Stunt, a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s Award and Trillium Book Award. Dey’s writing and interviews have appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review and The Believer. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress and a cook in lumber camps across northern Canada, and is co-founder of the design studio and clothing label Horses Atelier. She lives in Toronto.

Don Gillmor

DON GILLMOR is the author of To the River, which won the Governor General’s Award for nonfiction. He is the author of three novels, Long Change, Mount Pleasant, and Kanata, a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and nine books for children, two of which were nominated for the Governor General’s Award. He was a senior editor at The Walrus, and his journalism has appeared in Rolling StoneGQThe WalrusSaturday NightToronto Life, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. He has won twelve National Magazine Awards and numerous other honours. He lives in Toronto.

Emi Sasagawa

EMI SASAGAWA is a settler, immigrant and queer woman of colour, living and working on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories in Vancouver. An award-winning journalist who has reported on a wide range of social issues, she is currently completing a Creative Writing MFA at the University of British Columbia.

Emerging Authors presented thanks to the support of RBC