2024 Festival:
October 21–27

84. The Afternoon Tea

84. The Afternoon Tea

The Afternoon Tea is always special: a chance to immerse in readings from a lineup of bestselling, award-winning and celebrated authors while savouring a high tea selection of treats with friends. This year, we present Jamaluddin Aram (Nothing Good Happens in Wazirabad on Wednesday), Carmen Boullosa (The Book of Eve), Michael Crummey (The Adversary), Elizabeth Hay (Snow Road Station), Emma Hooper (We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky), Darrel J. McLeod (A Season in Chezgh’un). Hosted by Bill Richardson.

Generously sponsored by the Faris Family in memory of Yulanda Faris.

Event Participants:

Jamaluddin Aram

JAMALUDDIN ARAM is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and writer from Kabul, Afghanistan. Jamaluddin’s short story “This Hard Easy Life” was a finalist for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in 2020. He was mentored by Michael Christie for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Mentorship program, and lives in Toronto.

Emerging Authors presented thanks to the support of RBC

Carmen Boullosa

CARMEN BOULLOSA is one of Mexico's leading novelists, poets, and playwrights. She has published over a dozen novels, three of which have been published by Deep Vellum in English translation. Boullosa has received numerous prizes and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship. Also a poet, playwright, essayist, and cultural critic, Boullosa is a Distinguished Lecturer at City College of New York, and her books have been translated into Italian, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian. Other novels translated into English include Before (tr. Peter Bush, Deep Vellum, 2016), Heavens On Earth (tr. Shelby Vincent, Deep Vellum, 2017) and The Book of Anna (tr. Samantha Schnee, Coffee House Press, 2020).

Michael Crummey

MICHAEL CRUMMEY is author of the memoir Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation; seven books of poetry, including Arguments with Gravity, winner of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry; and the short fiction collection Flesh and Blood. His first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels The Wreckage, Galore, and Sweetland were all national bestsellers. Michael Crummey's most recent novel, The Innocents, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award. Michael Crummey lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Elizabeth Hay

ELIZABETH HAY is the Giller Prize-winning author of six novels, including Late Nights on Air, His Whole Life, and A Student of Weather. Her memoir All Things Consoled won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; her story collection Small Change was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. A former radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City, and makes her home in Ottawa.

Emma Hooper

Raised in Alberta, EMMA HOOPER is a musician and writer. As a musician she performs as solo artist Waitress for the Bees, a project which earned her a Finnish Cultural Knighthood. She has also performed with Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, her string quartet Red Carousel, and numerous others. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, was an international bestseller and was published in 24 countries. Our Homesick Songs, her second novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2018. She now lives in the soft green of England’s South-West, but comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as much as she can.

Darrel J. McLeod

DARREL J. MCLEOD is Nehiyaw from Northern Canada, Treaty 8. He worked as an educator, chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with Assembly of First Nations. His novel A Season in Chezgh’un joins his award-winning memoirs Mamaskatch and Peyakow.

Bill Richardson

BILL RICHARDSON is the author of Last Week, an illustrated children’s book that sensitively portrays medical assistance in dying (MAiD); I Saw Three Ships, a collection of stories set in Vancouver’s West End; and Hare B&B, a picture book with illustrations by Bill Pechet.