Good Reads

Moderator: Jen Sookfong Lee

Event Number: 78
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Good Reads

Sunday, Oct 27
11:30am - 1:00pm
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Be prepared to increase your reading list by three after this captivating event with literary favourites. Scotiabank Giller‑winner Sean Michaels’ highly anticipated second novel, The Wagers, presents a surreal and spellbinding Montreal, one filled with magical heists and motorcycle chases, where luck can be spent, gambled and stolen. He’s joined by fellow Giller-winner Lynn Coady and her creepy, compelling exploration of poisonous love and dark manipulations Watching You Without Me; as well as bold new voice Hassan Ghedi Santur (The Youth of God), who explores the tensions of modern Islam, sensitively capturing the struggles of a seventeen-year-old Somali Canadian pulled between his faith and his academic passions.

About the moderator:
Jen Sookfong
 Lee is the author of seven books, including The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Gentlemen of the Shade. Jen teaches fiction at The Writers’ Studio with Simon Fraser University and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit.

Event Participants:

Lynn Coady


Lynn Coady is the author of six works of fiction, the most recent of which is a novel called Watching You without Me.  Her novel The Antagonist was nominated for the Giller Prize for fiction in 2011 and her collection of short stories, Hellgoing, won the award in 2013. She lives in Toronto where she writes and watches TV.

Sean Michaels


Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone in 2003. In 2014, Michaels received the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. His second book, a heist novel called The Wagers, will be published in September. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles., @stgramophone


Hassan Ghedi Santur


Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has a BA in English Literature and an MFA from York University, and an MA from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC and his print journalism has appeared in the New York Times, among others. In 2010, he published his debut novel Something Remains and is currently working on his third novel, Other Worlds, Other Lives.