May 2nd, 7:00 pm
Most readers will confess to mining the details of their favourite novels for evidence of the writer’s life. Switch out one gender for another, add ten years and relocate a character to another province or territory and we’re all but certain that the writer is talking about his or her first love, a parent, an old boss, maybe a child.
What, though, of the non-fiction writer and the memoirist? What of the people we’ve come to know only through a very focused view of their world? Do we take for granted that we know something about them? Do we as readers fictionalize non-fiction writers?
Presented by Blue Heron Books and the Book Madam, join Sue Reynolds in a fascinating conversation featuring:
• James FitzGerald, author of What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (winner of the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize), an astounding memoir about multiple generations of successful physicians gripped by mental illness.
• Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (winner of The Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction), which has garnered praise and media attention in large part due to Westoll’s first-hand experience as a volunteer caregiver
• Julie Wilson, founder of SeenReading.com, the addictive online literary voyeurism movement that tracks the reading habits of Torontonians, now a book of microfictions (Freehand Books, print; HarperCollins Canada, ebook)
Your $40 ticket will include wine and cheese from the Passionate Cook’s Essentials and a $20 voucher towards book of your choice and wine and cheese.