Tash Aw in Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Moderator: Eleanor Wachtel

Event Number: 27
Tickets: $26.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Tash Aw in Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, Oct 23
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Tash Aw’s writing is consistently lyrical and cutting, and has received nominations for the Whitbread First Novel Award, two Man Booker Prizes and The LA Times Book Prize. His new novel, We, the Survivors, captures the expansive changes in Asian societies over the century, and illuminates the lives of those at the bottom of the gulf between rich and poor which, Aw explains, “is much greater than in the west.” His story of Ah Hock—a poor Malaysian fisherman whose dreams of betterment (and a regular salary) are siphoned by an act of violence—is by far Aw’s most personal book, and its potency lingers long after reading. Who better to speak with the author about his ability to unearth the complex modern challenges of a continent than beloved CBC Writers and Company host, Eleanor Wachtel?

Presented in partnership with SFU Library.




About the moderator:
Eleanor Wachtel has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best literary interviewers during her 28 years as host of “Writers & Company” on CBC Radio.  In 2011, “Writers & Company” won a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards.  Eleanor herself has earned numerous accolades, including nine honorary degrees, as well as being an Officer of the Order of Canada.  She has dedicated her career to telling the stories of those who tell stories, engaging the world’s best and most influential artists in intimate, illuminating conversations.

Event Participants:

Tash Aw

United Kingdom

Tash Aw is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Harmony Silk FactoryMap of the Invisible World, and Five Star Billionaire, which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others.