Historical fiction can help “bring history to life”, but how do writers work with real events or people in a fictional story? What are the perils – and joys – of reimagining history? Join award-winning Canadian writers Caroline Adderson, Alix Hawley and host Marina Endicott in an interactive conversation about how fiction can reimagine history.
Caroline Adderson is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. Her work has received numerous award nominations including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline is also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. www.carolineadderson.com
Alix Hawley's first novel, All True Not a Lie in It, was published by Knopf as its New Face of Fiction pick for 2015, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the Amazon.ca / Walrus First Novel Award and BC Book Prize for Fiction. A follow-up, My Name is a Knife, was one of Esi Edugyan's picks for the best of 2018. Alix's short story "Witching" won the 2017 CBC Literary Awards Short Story Prize, while "Tentcity" and "Jumbo" were runners-up in 2012 and 2014, and "Pig (For Oma)" won the 2014 Bloodlines memoir contest. Alix lives in British Columbia.
Hosted by Marina Endicott, whose novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and Canada Reads. The Little Shadows was short-listed for the GG and also nominated for the Giller, as was Close to Hugh. The Difference, published in the US as The Voyage of the Morning Light, won the Edmonton and Dartmouth fiction prizes. She has returned to Saskatoon after too long away.
This event will be recorded and available on the SWG’s Youtube channel.