In this panel, authors Anna Leventhal and Saleema Nawaz discuss their writings, which offer compelling narratives of female subjectivity. Leventhal’s short-story collection Sweet Affliction and Nawaz’s novel Bone and Bread, as well as her short-story collection Mother Superior, are set in Montreal and present female characters that navigate a variety of relationships. Their works, which tackle a variety of difficult themes, capture the complexity, fragility, and strength of their female protagonists.
Anna Leventhal’s acclaimed short story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize and was named one of the best books of 2014 by CBC Books. A French translation (Douce détresse) came out in 2015 with Marchand de feuilles. Her writing has appeared in The Toronto Star, Geist, Maisonneuve, The Montreal Review of Books, and several short fiction anthologies. She was nominated for the Journey Prize, won a Quebec Writing Competition award, and was shortlisted for a Canada Writes award. She lives in Montreal.
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Saleema Nawaz is the author of Mother Superior and Bone and Bread, which won the 2013 Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was selected for Canada Reads 2016. Her fiction has appeared in many Canadian literary journals and her short story My Three Girls, won the 2008 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she currently lives and writes in Montreal, Quebec.
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Host: Julia Caron