Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Storytelling—and telling stories well—is a craft mastered by few. Here, five wordsmiths who have left a lasting impression.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Over the past 15 years, we have spent time with many individuals, and through words and pictures we have endeavoured to reveal truths about them. Herewith, an eyeful of our portraiture.

Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Giller Prize.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Today, the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 shortlist is announced. The prize, created by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, is a legacy that celebrates the memory of his wife, Doris Giller, a literary journalist who passed away in 1993.

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Let’s, for a moment, play that game “If you could invite anyone to dinner…” Our imaginary table has space for seven guests, each of a different nationality, and all must be living, working masters of their art.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author on his latest novel.

Joseph Boyden’s first novel in five years, The Orenda, is an honest and brutal portrayal of Canada’s early history.

Ian McEwan.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Ian McEwan is lingering over an outdoor breakfast, looking out over the Umbrian countryside near the ancient medieval hill town of Magione. He is sitting on the terrace of a beautiful early-18th-century agriturismo farmhouse, Le Terre di Isa. It’s a hot July morning, and the olive trees and vineyards and sunflower fields are bathed in a humid haze.

Wayward writer.

The author, screenwriter, and prolific, controversial tweeter, has been known to stir up trouble with just a tap of his keyboard.

The 411 on 419.

There’s a moment of anticipation in Canadian author Will Ferguson’s novel 419 when Laura Curtis, a copy editor who has travelled to Nigeria to track down the men responsible for her father’s death, is stopped and held for questioning by an airport security official. Laura, fearful of being denied entry into Lagos, holds her breath in expectation of disappointment.

Staying power.

Miriam Toews’s 21-year-old daughter, Georgia, answers the door. Georgia is friendly and laconic. She is taking time off university to work, and she occasionally does stand-up comedy—something that requires not only an excellent sense of humour, but a lot of courage and resilience. Maybe these are traits that get ingrained when Miriam Toews is your mother.