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Editorial Two-Step: The Author-Editor Relationship
Welcome back to Editors Toronto, and a special welcome to any new or returning members.
Editors Canada turns 40 this year, and we are thrilled to mark this big round number with another season of programming designed to inspire and keep us all learning and growing together as editors of the written word.
For the first program of 2018–19, we bring you two fascinating case studies on the editorial process and the editorial relationship.
Toronto author Trevor Cole and his editor Jennifer Lambert of HarperCollins Canada will discuss their work on Cole’s award-winning non-fiction book The Whisky King (2017), while Toronto author Robert Marrone and his editor Michael Mirolla of Guernica Editions will explore Marrone’s 2017 novel, The New Vine.
The Whisky King chronicles the cat-and-mouse game between infamous Italian-Canadian bootlegger Rocco Perri and the Italian-Canadian Mountie Frank Zaneth, who devoted his career to putting Perri behind bars.
Marrone’s debut novel, The New Vine, explores the complex relationship between characters whose lives take them from WWII-era Italy to Canada.
Both writer-editor pairs will discuss the editorial process and relationship as factors shaping their books, with examples drawn from their manuscripts. Q&A to follow.
More about our speakers:
Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His novels include Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His novel Practical Jean was short-listed for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest book is The Whisky King, an epic non-fiction historical narrative, nominated for the Speaker’s Book Award and the Heritage Toronto Award and winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Canada’s best non-fiction crime book. Trevor lives in Toronto. Find out more here.
Jennifer Lambert is an editorial director at HarperCollins Canada. Acclaimed and bestselling authors she has worked with include Emily St. John Mandel, Heather O’Neill, Claudia Dey, Trevor Cole, Uzma Jalaluddin, Charlotte Gray, Michael Harris, Ayelet Tsabari, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Her authors have been awarded and short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards for fiction and non-fiction, the National Book Award, the RBC Taylor Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Arthur Ellis crime-writing awards, and more. Jennifer is former chair of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and current chair of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program Publishers’ Advisory Committee.
Toronto’s Robert Marrone holds a degree in philosophy and literature, with subsequent graduate courses in writing and editing. He is a frequent contributor to Canadian Rail Magazine. He currently works as a project manager and freelance technical writer. The New Vine marks his debut as a novelist and is the first installment in a planned trilogy.
Michael Mirolla is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and editor whose writing combines elements of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction, and meta-fiction. His publications include three Bressani Prize winners: Berlin; The House on 14th Avenue; and Lessons in Relationship Dyads. Other publications include a punk-inspired novella; a ménage-a-trois mystery set in Vancouver during the War Measures Act; and the magic realist short story collection The Photographer in Search of Death. With partner Connie McParland, Michael runs Guernica Editions, a literary press that publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Oakville, Ontario. Find out more here.
ENTER OUR RAFFLE! All proceeds will go toward our programs budget to help pay our speakers and provide cutting-edge programming for our members.
Cost: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.
Prizes: one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre (includes the Scarborough Town Centre); one copy of Robert Marrone’s novel The New Vine; and a one-hour mentoring session with Editors Toronto co-chair Jennifer Foster.
Editors Toronto would like to thank the Oxford Properties Group, Guernica Editions, and Jennifer Foster for generously supporting this event with their donations.
Program details for Tuesday, September 25, 7 PM
NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Regent Park location, 585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, Room 1.
7 PM Mingling and informal Q&A for new and prospective members
7:30 PM Branch meeting
7:45 PM Program
9 PM Mix-and-mingle
Free for members; $10 for non-members.
ABOUT OUR NEW LOCATION: Due to the fact that CSI Spadina is moving into a new building this fall, our September 25 program meeting will be held at the CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas St. East, Room 1). This is a temporary move. Stay tuned for details about our planned move into the new CSI Spadina location (at 192 Spadina Ave.) later this fall.