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York University’s Writer-in-Residence Program Presents: Miriam Toews in conversation with Karen Solie

Join York’s 2023 Writer-in-Residence Karen Solie for a conversation with internationally revered author Miriam Toews. Miriam will read from her work and then speak with Karen about “writing, reading, fighting and talking.” The event will conclude with an audience Q&A and book signing, and is open to members of the York community and beyond.

Karen Solie is the author of five collections of poetry. Her third, Pigeon (Anansi, 2009), won the Griffin Poetry Prize, Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Pat Lowther Award. A volume of selected and new poems, The Living Option, was published in the UK in 2013, and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out (Anansi, FSG, 2015) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, and her most recent collection, The Caiplie Caves (Anansi, FSG, Picador, 2019), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Derek Walcott Prize. Her work has been translated into seven languages and has appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada, the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia, including in the sixth edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry. Karen has taught writing for universities and writing programs across Canada and in the UK, and was the 2022 Holloway Visiting Poet and Lecturer for the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently on the creative writing faculty with the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Miriam Toews is the author of many bestselling novels: Fight Night, Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Irma VothThe Flying TroutmansA Complicated KindnessA Boy of Good Breeding, and Summer of My Amazing Luck, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award. Her work is read around the world and translated into many languages. She lives in Toronto.

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