The Shape-Shifters: Writing in Multiple Genres with Evelyn Lau, Amanda Leduc, Pasha Malla, and Fiona Tinwei Lam. Moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.
Society loves to pigeonhole: by genre, by culture, by past work. Many authors, however, defy definition. Join acclaimed authors Evelyn Lau, Amanda Leduc, Pasha Malla, and Fiona Tinwei Lam in a discussion with TNQ Guest Editor Anna Ling Kaye on the joys and challenges of writing across fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and everything in between.
Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of twelve books, including seven volumes of poetry. Her memoir Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh. Evelyn’s short stories, essays and novel have been translated into a dozen languages; her poetry has received the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a National Magazine Award and a Governor-General’s nomination. Evelyn served as the 2011-2014 Poet Laureate of Vancouver, as well as writer-in-residence at UBC, Kwantlen College and Vancouver Community College. Evelyn’s most recent collection is Tumour (Oolichan, 2016).
Amanda Leduc‘s stories and essays have been published across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men (ECW Press, 2013), and The Centaur’s Wife, forthcoming from Random House Canada in 2018. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she spends too much time on Twitter and serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for The Festival of Literary Diversity, Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.
Pasha Malla is the author of five books. His writing has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, and several National Magazine Awards, been shortlisted for the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Best First Book, Canada & Caribbean) and long-listed for the Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He is a frequent contributor to Newyorker.com, The Walrus and CBC Radio, and his books column appears monthly in The Globe and Mail. Fugue States, a new novel, was released in May 2017.
Author of two poetry books, Intimate Distances (City of Vancouver Book Prize finalist) and Enter the Chrysanthemum, and the children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket, Fiona Tinwei Lam‘s nonfiction, poetry and fiction appear in over 30 anthologies. Her articles have appeared in The Tyee online news magazine. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer, co-edited the nonfiction anthology Double Lives Writing and Motherhood, and is co-editing an anthology with Jane Silcott, Love Me True: Writers on the Ups and Downs, Ins and Outs of Marriage (Caitlin Press, 2018). Her video poems have screened at festivals internationally.
Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has most recently been short-listed for the 2015 Journey Prize. A former editor at PRISM International and Ricepaper magazines, she is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival and sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. In 2015, Quill & Quire named Anna as one of seven women imprinting change in the Canadian publishing industry.