Scroll down for the archived chat with International Festival of Authors featured authors Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg and Joanna Kavenna.
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Young accomplished authors appearing at the IFOAwww.thestar.com
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Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton will be one of our special guests. (Reuters photo)
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Isabel Greenberg is a writer and illustrator living in North London. In 2011, she won the Observer/Cape Graphic Short Story Prize for Love in a Very Cold Climate. She has worked for NoBrow Press, Seven Stories Press and Solipsistic Pop. Greenberg presents her debut graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which chronicles the adventures and ill-fated romance of a young man in an imagined era of Earth’s evolution.
by The Star 10/24/2013 1:33:49 PM
Joanna Kavenna was named one of The Telegraph’s 20 “Writers under 40” and won the Orange Award for New Writers. She has published three novels, Inglorious, The Birth of Love and Come to the Edge, and one work of non-fiction, The Ice Museum. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Observer. She has held various writing fellowships and was the Writer-in-Residence at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Kavenna will present her piece from Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4 at IFOA.
by The Star 10/24/2013 1:38:46 PM
On Tuesday as part of IFOA 2013, Brave New Word authors Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Kavenna and Marisha Pessl read from their latest works. Hosted by Rodge Glass. More info: ifoa.org/events/brave-new-word-avant-garde
by The Star 10/24/2013 2:37:24 PM
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in London, Ontario and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. In 2010, she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. Catton presents her second novel, The Luminaries, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English Fiction. Set in 1866 during New Zealand’s gold rush, this richly imagined story weaves together the fates and fortunes of an entire community, where everyone has something to hide.
by The Star 10/24/2013 2:46:16 PM
Hi, and welcome everyone to our live chat with award-winning authors Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg, and Joanna Kavenna.
by Toronto Star 10/24/2013 5:03:50 PM
Click "Comment Now" to ask a question or make a comment that could be included in the live chat, which starts Thursday at 1 p.m.
by The Star edited by Serena Willoughby 10/24/2013 5:05:39 PM
Hello, Joanna Kavenna here
by Joanna Kavenna 10/24/2013 5:08:03 PM
Hello, I'm Isabel Greenberg
by Isabelgreenberg 10/24/2013 5:08:28 PM
Hello everyone! Eleanor Catton here, writing from Vancouver.
by Eleanor Catton 10/24/2013 5:08:32 PM
All of our writers on this live chat are part of the International Festival of Authors’ Brave New Word focus on young, emerging writers.
Eleanor, Isabel and Joanna, can you tell me, starting with Eleanor, whether your relative youth makes a difference when it comes to writing?
by Toronto Star 10/24/2013 5:10:10 PM
I don't believe that creativity answers to a recipe, and I definitely wouldn't say that youth is either an advantage or a disadvantage, objectively speaking. I see every part of one's biography as a kind of mixed blessing. On the one hand, the fact that I haven't yet grown out of being an agonistic, stay-up-all-night-arguing kind of person is useful for the ideas that drive my writing. But on the other hand, I haven't read nearly as much as novelists twice my age.
by Eleanor Catton 10/24/2013 5:13:41 PM
Think crucial thing I think relaly is how yr writing affects the reader, not about age of author or other aspects of their biog. Age is pretty unreal ie have empirical age on clock but then experientially, internally, you exist in weird perpetual present and forget yr age all the time, or I do. So mind-body bifurcation, perhaps Descartes works as metaphor for inner experience not literal fact. So really you write whatever you write and then question of whethe ryou get yr work out early or have to struggle to get it out to wider audience, adn then whether people respond early on or take ages to come to enjoy it etc...Many ways up mountain etcetc
by Joanna Kavenna 10/24/2013 5:14:53 PM
OK, Isabel, how about you?
by Toronto Star 10/24/2013 5:15:59 PM
Yes! Katherine Mansfield once said that she felt like a writer first, and a woman second. I think that most writers feel like that when they're writing-- in a perpetual present, without age or gender.
by Eleanor Catton 10/24/2013 5:16:31 PM
Having never been old (yet!) , I don't have anything to compare it to! I do certainly feel quite inexperienced a lot of the time, however, I think that whatever age or gender you are, you write what you know.
by Isabelgreenberg 10/24/2013 5:17:35 PM
Yes precisely and you are if anything hoping all time reader is looking past you and into world you are striving to create...Not holding up portrait of self to reader but inviting them to look through weird telescope you have invented...
by Joanna Kavenna 10/24/2013 5:18:22 PM