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BIG author event: Emma Donoghue in conversation with Tasneem Jamal

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Emma Donoghue

We’re thrilled to be hosting this amazing evening in the Theatre at Central Library on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

An Evening with Emma Donoghue in conversation with Tasneem Jamal is part of the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors. In addition to the fantastic literary festival held in Toronto each year, IFOA has a touring program called Lit on Tour, which has worked in partnership with Kitchener Public Library to make this event possible.

Many of you have been fans of Emma’s work for years. She’s a prodigious author who can’t be pigeonholed. Of her eight novels, four are contemporary and four are works of historical fiction. In addition, she’s written four short story collections, three books of literary history, and has written for the stage, screen, radio, anthologies and more.

But Emma reached an immense audience with her bestselling novel Room, the story of a five-year-old named Jack who has lived his entire life in one room with his Ma. Published in 2010 to enormous acclaim, Room won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region), the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Room is currently being made into a feature film, with the screenplay written by Emma herself.

Now, Emma has a new novel – Frog Music. Based on a true story – the murder of Jenny Bonnet in San Francisco in 1876 – Emma says this is her first “crime novel.” If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, take a moment to watch the book trailer.

Emma will read from Frog Music, followed by an armchair conversation with author Tasneem Jamal.

Tasneem’s first book, Where the Air is Sweet, is also a work of historical fiction, based in part on her family’s experiences as South Asians living in Uganda under Idi Amin in the 1970s.

The event concludes with a question-and-answer session and you’ll have an opportunity to meet the authors at a book signing. Chapters will be on hand with books by both Emma and Tasneem available for sale.

No registration or tickets are required for the event at Central Library. Our Theatre accommodates 240 people. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. We hope you can join us for this FREE, amazing literary event.

Thank you to our partners: IFOA, IFOA Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council’s National and International Touring Program. 


Author: Charlotte Prong

I'm the Social Media Editor at Kitchener Public Library. Follow us on Twitter @KitchLibrary, on Instagram @kitchenerlibrary, or like our page on Facebook.

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