FOUND IN TRANSLATION: EUROPE@IFOA
Sunday, October 28, 6:00pm, 2012
Start: 2012-10-28 18:00
End: 2012-10-28 19:00
Authors from across Europe bring their work to Toronto to discuss the state of European fiction. Authors featured in this event are: Fabio Geda, Nora Gomringer, Hubert Haddad, José Luίs Peixoto. Charlie Foran hosts and moderates. For more information about this year’s FOUND IN TRANSLATION programming focus CLICK HERE. Sign up for our monthly eNews to have information about upcoming events sent directly to your inbox.
Charlie Foran is the current president of PEN Canada, a world-wide organization of writers and readers committed to defending and promoting freedom of expression. He is the author of 10 books, including the Charles Taylor Prize-winning book, Mordecai, a biography of Mordecai Richler, and the novels Carolan’s Farewell and House on Fire.
Novelist Fabio Geda writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in Scuola Holden, the famous Italian school of storytelling. He has published several novels in Italian as well as the monologue La bellezza nonostante. Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis, Geda presents In the Sea There are Crocodiles, the story of an Afghan boy who undergoes a five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally manages to claim political asylum, based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari.
Award-winning writer Nora Gomringer’s (Germany/Switzerland) work includes both page-bound poetry and spoken word performances. Her poetry is centered on themes of orality and memory. Beyond the page, she has performed in musical and theatrical performances with percussive jazz legend Baby Sommer and others. Gomringer is a member of PEN and since 2010 has served as head director of the International Artist Residency Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia at Bamberg, Germany. Gomringer presents a selection of poems and essays from her latest publications, including Ich werde etwas mit der Sprache machen.
Poet, novelist, art historian, playwright and essayist Hubert Haddad was born in Tunis and followed his parents into exile to France. His work includes the poetry collection Le Charnier déductif (Deductive Mass Grave), the short story collection Vent printanier and the novels Un rêve de glace (A Dream of Ice), L’Univers (The Universe) and the award-winning Palestine and Opium Poppy. Haddad presents Nouvelles du jour et de la nuit: le jour and Nouvelles du jour et de la nuit: la nuit, two collections of short stories that toe the line between dreams and reality.
Internationally acclaimed and bestselling novelist José Luís Peixoto studied modern languages and literatures at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has published 10 titles including fiction and poetry. His awards include the Jovens Criadores Prize and the José Saramago Literary Award for Nenhum Olhar (The Implacable Order of Things). Peixoto’s poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies and his work has been translated into 20 languages. Set in Lisbon, Peixoto’s The Piano Cemetery tells the story of two generations of carpenters and of a father’s attempt to outrun his fate in the Stockholm Olympics marathon.