Reinventing the Novel

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 50
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Reinventing the Novel

Friday, Oct 25
10:15am - 11:45am
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Rules were made to be broken in this conversation between visionary authors, each dismantling the conventional novel. Giller Prize shortlisted writer Anakana Schofield’s new book, Bina, is a “novel in warnings” that captures the rage and wit of an unforgettable ordinary-extraordinary woman. In 26 Knots, Bindu Suresh tells a lush, interlocking love story in twenty-six startling vignettes. Employing innovative forms to capture both the fear and transcendence of the women who live in The Town, Sara Peters’ razor-sharp interrogation of gendered violence, I Become a Delight to My Enemies, deftly oscillates between poetry, prose and the profound. Prepare to be delighted by storytelling as you’ve never seen it before.

Presented in collaboration with The Writers Studio at SFU.

Event Participants:

Sara Peters


Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and lives in Toronto. She completed at MFA at Boston University, and was a Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Poetry magazine. Her first book is 1996.


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

Bindu Suresh


Bindu Suresh, a former journalist and current paediatrician, is the author of short stories that have appeared in various literary publications. She studied literature at Columbia University and medicine at McGill University. Born in Wales, she grew up in Canada and has spent equal parts of her life in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal.