Ian Williams is concerned with social honesty expressed through immaculate craft. In a time when many novels try to jockey for the hippest or most woke, Williams deals with the messy ambiguities, which is why a family is the perfect vehicle.
When writers send their books out into the world, there is always a hope attached. For Talaga, her hope is that people read the stories, listen to the collective voices, and ask themselves, “What can I do?”
The author talks about her creative process and the birth of her Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated novel Motherhood.
Over her 20-year-career, Madeleine Thien has rooted her storytelling in the personal and the political of Asian communities. In her latest novel, music became the point of departure.