2023 Festival:
October 16–22

80. The Conversations: Jenny Erpenbeck, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Elaine Feeney

80. The Conversations: Jenny Erpenbeck, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Elaine Feeney

Marsha Lederman will separately interview three of the most talked-about international writers on our roster. Jenny Erpenbeck is a powerful voice in contemporary German literature. Her latest work, Kairos, tells of a star-crossed love affair in 1980s East Berlin. Irish author Elaine Feeney joins us to discuss her latest work, How to Build a Boat, heralded as “one of those rare books that leaves you feeling less lonely.” Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is a clinical psychologist, civil rights activist, and award-winning author based in Israel. Her latest work, The Wolf Hunt, is a mesmerizing Jewish thriller about safety and identity. This is an opportunity to be immersed in conversation with women of world repute. Moderated by Marsha Lederman.

Participation of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen made possible thanks to the generous support of Sam Znaimer in memory of Nancy Richler.

Event Participants:

Jenny Erpenbeck

JENNY ERPENBECK was born in East Berlin in 1967. New Directions publishes her books The Old Child & Other Stories, The End of Days, The Book of Words, and Visitation, which NPR called “a story of the century as seen by the objects we’ve known and lost along the way.” The End of Days won the prestigious Hans Fallada Prize and the International Foreign Fiction Prize. Erpenbeck lives in Berlin.

Travel for Jenny Erpenbeck supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Vancouver.

Elaine Feeney

ELAINE FEENEY is an award-winning writer from Galway and teaches at The National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published three collections of poetry, including The Radio was Gospel and Rise and the award-winning drama, WRoNGHEADED with The Liz Roche Company. As You Were, her debut novel, was published in 2020 by Vintage in the UK and in 2021 by Biblioasis in North America. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was included in The Guardian’s top debut novels for 2020. It appeared widely in best books of 2020 including in The Telegraph, The Irish Independent, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Observer and The Irish Times.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN is the author of The Liar and Waking Lions, which won the JQ-Wingate Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and has been published in seventeen countries. She is a clinical psychologist, has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement, and is an award-winning screenwriter. She won Israel's prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut.

Marsha Lederman

MARSHA LEDERMAN is an award-winning journalist and author. She is columnist for The Globe and Mail, where she was previously Western Arts Correspondent for 15 years. Her bestselling memoir Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2022.