In this edition, you will have the chance to meet

Anthony De Sa

Anthony De Sa

ANTHONY DE SA is the critically acclaimed author of the novel Kicking the Skyand Barnacle Love, a collection of linked stories that was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. De Sawas born and grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. He attended the Humber School for Writers and is currently a teacher librarian at Michael Power–St. Joseph High School, where he directs the creative writing program. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons.


Thea Lim

Thea Lim

THEA LIM is the author of An Ocean of Minutes, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her writing has been published by Granta, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Salon, The Southampton Reviewand others. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of creative writing.


Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai

REBECCA MAKKAI is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, one of the New York Times’ top ten books for 2018, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Award, the Heartland Prize, and the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime -- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Photo: Philippe Matsas

Emcee: Rachel Giese

Rachel Giese is an award-winning journalist and the editorial director of the LGBTQ2 media group Xtra. She is regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and CBC Radio. Her first book Boys: What it Means to Become a Man was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2018 and recently won the Writers’ Trust Shaughessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

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  • 9:30 p.m. Book signing

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