Bina, Bunny & The Idiot

Moderator: Marsha Lederman

Event Number: 44
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00


Bina, Bunny & The Idiot

Thursday, Oct 24
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Spend an evening with three whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically audacious bestselling authors. MFA student Samantha falls down a surreal rabbit hole, captivated by a mysterious cult in Mona Awad’s Bunny, named a best book of Summer 2019 by 15 major publications. Wry and laugh out loud funny, Elif Batuman’s Pulitzer Prize finalist The Idiot was praised as “addictive” by Miranda July. Giller Prize shortlisted Anakana Schofield balances black comedy and compassion in Bina, a tour de force beloved by literary powerhouses including Rachel Cusk and Eden Robinson. Moderated by The Globe & Mail’s Marsha Lederman, these women incisively discuss the craft of comedy and writing independent, self-assured protagonists.

Elif Batuman is presented thanks to the donors of the Hal Wake Legacy Fund.

Event Participants:

Mona Awad

Ontario / USA

Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Colorado Book Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in TimeVICEElectric LiteratureMcSweeney’sLos Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Elif Batuman


Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. The Idiot is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Elif Batuman is presented thanks to the donors of the Hal Wake Legacy Fund.

Anakana Schofield

British Columbia

Anakana Schofield won the First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel MalarkyMartin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to publications including London Review of Books blog, The Guardian, The Irish Times, and The Globe and Mail. Her latest novel, Bina, is published by Knopf Canada., @AnakanaSchofiel