Driving Outside Your Lane: Writing in More than One Genre
Sunday, November 10, 10:00 am
King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E.
Brunch is served in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the second floor of the King Edward Hotel.
Tickets are $60.00 each (taxes included) and must be purchased in advance.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Please call us at 416.361.0032 with your credit card information to reserve tickets.
These prize-winning authors remind their fellow writers and readers that great written works are not always lengthy ones. This collection of authors prove this point well. Rion Amlicar Scott’s new The World Doesn’t Require You is a powerful follow-up of his debut collection, Insurrections, awarded the 2018 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction; Camille Acker, author of Training School for Negro Girls, with a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home; Elise Levine, author of the recent collection This Wicked Tongue, and Driving Men Mad; and Andria Nacina Cole, whose short story Leaving Women won the Ploughshares’ Cohen Award. Prepare to be informed, entertained, and wanting to write your own short tale.
No passport needed to meet, hear and learn from the European Union’s leaders in contemporary literature at this special event. For the second year running, the Festival is thrilled to present this rare chance to hear acclaimed works recited live in the languages in which they were originally written and in the authors’ own voices.
Spotlighted countries include Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. This event is presented in conjunction with the European Union National Institutes for Culture. Written English translations will be available. Readings will be followed by a licensed reception and the event will be hosted by Laetitia Delemarre.
Featured authors include:
Kai Aareleid (Burning Cities),
Esad Babačić (Every Child is Beautiful When Born),
Helena Janeczek (The Girl with the Leica),
Wilfried N’Sondé (Concrete Flowers),
Inês Pedrosa (Still I Miss You),
Rein Raud (The Death of a Perfect Sentence),
Teodor Reljić (Two),
Teresa Solana (The First Prehistoric Serial Killer),
Benedek Totth (Dead Heat),
and Gabriela Ybarra (The Dinner Guest).
Desire and violence intersect for youth in turmoil, in the latest novels by these three hard-hitting authors. Canadian Mona Awad’s Bunny, accounts the unforgettable story of a recluse graduate student whose world spirals into the macabre upon befriending a clique of rich girls on campus. Estonian Rein Raud’s brilliantly translated spy novel, The Death of a Perfect Sentence, follows a group of young pro-independence dissidents during the dying days of the Soviet Union, while Hungarian Benedek Totth’s debut, Dead Heat, has been dubbed an instant cult classic with comparisons to Trainspotting, for its story about young men coming of age in an abandoned generation. Hear these characters come to life and learn about the real-life inspirations behind these unforgettable tales of relationships and longing. The conversation will be moderated by Grace O’Connell. Hosted by Natasha Ramoutar.
Literati welcomes Benedek Totth as part of their ongoing Fiction at Literati series, in support of his debut Dead Heat. Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.
About the book: In a nameless Hungarian town, teenagers on a competitive swim team occupy their after-training hours with hard drinking and fast cars, hash cigarettes and marathons of Grand Theft Auto, the meaningless sex and late-night exploits of a world defined by self-gratification and all its attendant recklessness. Invisible to their parents and subject to the whims of an abusive coach, the crucible of competition pushes them again and again into dangerous choices. When a deadly accident leaves them second-guessing one another, they’re driven even deeper into violence.
Brilliantly translated into breakneck English by Ildikó Noémi Nagy, Dead Heat is a blistering debut and an unforgettable story about young men coming of age in an abandoned generation.
Born in Hungary in 1977, Benedek Totth studied American literature and now works as an editor and translator in Budapest. His translations into Hungarian include works by Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs. Dead Heat, his first novel, caused a sensation in Hungary, where it won the Margó Prize for best first novel of the year. It has been published in translation in France and Slovakia.
Join us for a refreshing Sunday morning with award-winning authors David Bezmozgis, Michael Crummey, and K.D. Miller who will discuss their latest work, writing process, and lives as a writers. Intimate, casual, engaging – an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning. Moderated by Sharron Smith.
Hosted at Rhapsody Barrel Bar (179 King Street West, Kitchener). Doors open and coffee is served at 9:30am. Brunch is served piping hot at 10:15am sharp. Mimosas and dessert served at 11:00am. Brunch is your choice between Rhapsody Benedict, Cinnamon Crunch French Toast, and Mixed Berry Parfait.
Early Bird $38 • Online $40 • At the Door $45