The Afternoon Tea

Rawi Hage, Alix Hawley, Emma Hooper, Rabindranath Maharaj, Melanie Raabe, Sofka Zinovieff

The Afternoon Tea

Host: Anne Giardini

Event Number: 82
Tickets: $38.00

The Afternoon Tea

Rawi Hage, Alix Hawley, Emma Hooper, Rabindranath Maharaj, Melanie Raabe, Sofka Zinovieff

Sunday, October 21
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

For readers who prefer an afternoon steeped in words and favour sherry over prosecco, our Afternoon Tea offers the perfect counterpoint to The Sunday Brunch. Traditional teas may come with an abundance of clotted cream, but alongside scones, sandwiches, luxury tea, and sherry, our event comes with a lineup of international authors. Rawi Hage (Beirut Hellfire Society), Alix Hawley (My Name Is a Knife), Emma Hooper (Our Homesick Songs), Rabindranath Maharai (Adjacentland), Melanie Raabe (The Stranger Upstairs) and Sofka Zinovieff (Putney) read from their latest works. This year we introduce a new selection of light teatime treats.

Anne Giardini, O.C., Q.C., is the Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

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

Event Participants:

Rawi Hage

Rawi Hage

Quebec

Rawi Hage’s first novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and his follow up work, Cockroach, was the winner of the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Both novels were shortlisted for every major Canadian literary prize, including the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for fiction. With Beirut Hellfire Society, he makes a stunning and mature return to war torn Beirut of the 1970s, during the Civil War.

 

Alix Hawley

British Columbia

Alix Hawley studied at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of British Columbia. Her story collection, The Old Familiar, was longlisted for the ReLit Award, and two of her pieces have won CBC Literary Prizes. Her first novel, All True Not a Lie in It, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the BC Book Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel is My Name is a Knife.

alixhawley.com, @alixhawley

Emma Hooper

Emma Hooper

Alberta

Raised in Alberta, Emma Hooper is a musician and writer. As a musician, her solo project “Waitress for the Bees” tours internationally and has earned her a Finnish Cultural Knighthood. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, was an international bestseller. She is a research-lecturer at Bath Spa University, but comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as much as she can afford. Our Homesick Songs is her second novel. 

emmahooper.ca, @waitress4thbees

Rabindranath Maharaj

Toronto

Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of the Trillium Book Award and Toronto Book Award-winning novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, and recipient of the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Apart from his novels and collections of short stories, he has published in various literary journals and anthologies; written reviews and articles for The Washington PostThe Globe & MailThe Toronto Star and others. His latest work is Adjacentland.

rabindranathmaharaj.com 

Melanie Raabe

Melanie Raabe

Germany

Melanie Raabe began her working life as a journalist but secretly wrote books by night. Her debut novel, The Trap, was an international bestseller. Her second, The Stranger Upstairs, remained on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for almost six months when it was first published in 2016.

melanieraabe.de, @melraabe

Melanie Raabe is presented in partnership with the Goethe Institut.

Sofka Zinovieff

Greece

Sofka Zinovieff has published three acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Eurydice St: A Place in Athens, a memoir of her first year living in Athens, and The Red Princess, a biography of her paternal grandmother, as well as the novel The House on Paradise Street. Her latest novel is Putney. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Greece.

@sofkazinovieffsofkazinovieff.com