Guest Authors 2018

Emma Donoghue  Scaachi Koul  Casey Plett  Ami McKay  Johanna Skibsrud
Sarah Meehan Sirk  Madeleine Thien

EMMA DONOGHUE is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, and stage and radio plays, as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical to the contemporary. Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book in 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the Orange Prize.

SCAACHI KOUL was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer at BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail and Jezebel. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is her first book. She lives in Toronto.

Photo credit: Barbora Simkova

CASEY PLETT is the author of the novel Little Fish, the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love, and co-editor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Maclean’s, The Walrus, Plenitude, The Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. She lives in Windsor, Ontario.”

AMI McKAY is the critically acclaimed author of three bestselling novels, The Birth House,The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. Her diverse body of work also includes radio documentaries, non-fiction essays, stage plays, choral arrangements, and incidental music. Sparked by a passion for finding the exceptional in the everyday, she combines meticulous research with a keen devotion to her craft in order to bring her work to life. Her debut novel,The Birth House was a # 1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She lives and writes in Nova Scotia.

SARAH MEEHAN SIRK is a writer, radio producer and broadcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in The New QuarterlyPRISM internationalRoom, Joyland and Taddle Creek, and is anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories. At the CBC, she co-produced and hosted the 2015 Radio One series Stripped, worked on Q (now q) and DNTO, and was a founding producer of Day 6 with Brent Bambury. Before that, she produced a Toronto crime show, hosted sports programs, filed human rights reports with Ghanaian journalists in West Africa, and co-produced and hosted a short TV series on minor hockey that was nominated for a Gemini Award (it lost to the Olympics). She lives in Toronto with her young family and is working on her first novel.

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JOHANNA SKIBSRUD is the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists as well as the short story collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories and the novel Quartet for the End of Time. She is also the author of three poetry collections, including The Description of the World, which won the 2017 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and the Fred Cogswell Award. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, she currently divides her time between Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Tucson, Arizona.

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MADELEINE THIEN was born in Vancouver, the youngest daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada. She is the author of four books, including Dogs at the Perimeter, set in the long aftermath of the Cambodian civil war and genocide. Her 2016 novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize; and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages and her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Brick, The Sunday Times, Frieze, Granta, and elsewhere. She lives in Montreal and New York, and is a Professor of English at Brooklyn College.