European Showcase

Moderator: Bill Richardson

Event Number: 58
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

European Showcase

Friday, Oct 25
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

A stunning sampling of Europe’s finest authors, discover the extraordinary works and inspirations of three international talents taking the literary scene by storm. The first woman to win Italy’s prestigious Strega Prize in fifteen years, Helena Janeczek shares The Girl with the Leica, an exhilarating, evocative rendering of German-Jewish war photographer and anti-fascist activist Gerda Taro. One of contemporary Flemish literature’s most revered authors, Tom Lanoye’s previous novel Speechless made him the highest-selling author in the Benelux countries. He shares his remarkable new work, Slaves to Fortune, a scathing satire of the global financial crisis. Leading French Congolese author Wilfried N’Sondé confronts French attitudes towards immigrants and maps out imaginative new moral futures in The Silence of the Spirits.

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Helena Janeczek


Helena Janeczek was born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family, and has been living in Italy for over thirty years.  Her novels have gained many literary awards and have been translated in many languages. With “The Girl with the Leica” she won the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. She lives in Milan, Italy.

, @helenajaneczek

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto.

Tom Lanoye


Tom Lanoye is an award-winning Belgian novelist, poet, playwright and stage performer. He is the author of more than fifty works of poetry, drama, and fiction, and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. His bestseller Speechless was awarded several major awards and has been adapted for screen in 2017. Lanoye has won many prestigious European literary prizes. When not on stage, Lanoye lives in Antwerp and Cape Town.,@TomLanoye

Wilfried N’Sondé


Wilfried N’Sondé was born in 1969 in the Congo (Brazzaville) and grew up in France. He is widely considered one of the shining lights of the new generation of African and Afropean writers. His work has received considerable critical attention and been recognized with prestigious literary awards, including the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Senghor de la création littéraire.

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.