International Festival of Authors
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Catherine Chidgey (New Zealand) was born in 1970. She has
degrees in creative writing, psychology and German literature, and lived for two years in Berlin. Her debut novel, In a Fishbone Church, won the South East Asia and Pacific Region Prize in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Betty Trask Prize and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Golden Deeds, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, followed by The Transformation in 2006. Chidgey lives in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand. She presents The Wish Child and is supported by Creative New Zealand.
Bianca Marais (South Africa) holds a Certificate in Creative Writing
from the University of Toronto’s SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband. She presents Hum If You Don’t Know The Words.
Kathleen Winter’s (Canada) novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for
the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada’s Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes, and has been sold internationally. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. She presents Lost In September.
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