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Bellevue Square: A Conversation About Writing and Editing

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Room 1101, Sanford Fleming Building, 10 King’s College Rd., University of Toronto

Branch/Twig: Toronto

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Please note: This event replaces our regularly scheduled January branch meeting. There will be no meeting at the Centre for Social Innovation in January. We will return to the CSI in February.

Event description:

"A great editor is part therapist, part technician and part confessor."
                               —Michael Redhill, The Toronto Star, Dec. 2, 2017


With his 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize win for Bellevue Square, Michael Redhill has cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s most dazzling and versatile novelists, in addition to being an accomplished poet, editor, and publisher with 30 years’ experience on the Canadian literary scene.

This unique event brings Mr. Redhill together with his editor at Penguin Random House Canada, Martha Kanya-Forstner, for an informal discussion of the writing and editing of the novel that won Canada’s richest literary prize in November.

What was it like for Kanya-Forstner, who is one of the most sought-after editors in Canadian literary publishing, to edit a novelist who has worked extensively as an editor and publisher? How did the novel change shape during its eight-year gestation and final editing, and what can Bellevue Square tell us about the overlapping, sometimes collaborative, occasionally combative, roles occupied by writers and editors of novels more generally?

Co-hosted by Editors Toronto and the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto Creative Writing Program, this event is geared to writers, editors, and the book-loving public. Mr. Redhill and Ms. Kanya-Forstner will speak for about 20 minutes each, and then field questions from the audience for another 45 minutes. Copies of Bellevue Square will be sold at the event, and Mr. Redhill will be available to sign books after the program.



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Door prizes include three copies of Bellevue Square, generously donated by Penguin Random House. Proceeds from the $2/ticket raffle will go to the School of Continuing Studies' Creative Writing Bursary at the University of Toronto, to help emerging writers with limited resources.

Editors Toronto and the Creative Writing Program would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Oxford Properties Group and the Scarborough Town Centre for generously supporting this program through a donation to the speaker fund.

We would also like to thank the Scotiabank Giller Prize Foundation for its ongoing support of Canadian authors and its indispensable contributions to Canadian book culture.

More about our special guests:

MICHAEL REDHILL is an award-winning poet, playwright, short-story writer and novelist. He is the author of the novels Consolation, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Bellevue Square, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2017. Redhill’s other books include four poetry collections (Impromptu Feats of Balance, Lake Nora Arms, Asphodel, and Light-Crossing); one book of short stories (Fidelity); three plays (Heretics, Building Jerusalem, and  Goodness); and four mysteries written under the pen name Inger Ash Wolfe (The Calling, The Taken, A Door in the River, and The Night Bell). Born in Maryland, Mr. Redhill was raised in Toronto, where he now lives, and studied at York University and the University of Toronto. A member of Editors Toronto, Redhill served on the editorial board of Coach House Press from 1993 to 1996, and was the publisher of the Canadian literary magazine Brick from 2000 to 2009.

MARTHA KANYA-FORSTNER is Editor-in-Chief of both Doubleday Canada and McClelland & Stewart. She has edited some of Canada’s most celebrated authors, including Wayson Choy, Michael Crummey, Camilla Gibb, Vincent Lam, Kyo Maclear, Nino Ricci, Linda Spalding, and M.G. Vassanji. Books she has edited have won some of Canada’s most prestigious prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for both fiction and nonfiction. Forthcoming books include perspective-shifting work about race and racism in Canada from Desmond Cole; important investigative work into unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women from Jessica McDiarmid; an urgent call to action from housing activist Jay Pitter; and powerful memoirs from Elizabeth Hay, Cathal Kelly, and Gregory Scofield. Ms. Kanya-Forstner was the editor behind three of the biggest prizewinning books of 2017: Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; David Chariandy’s novel Brother, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; and James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor, winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.