Wednesday 26 October 2016

"The Past You Make" Reading and Round Table at the International Festival of Authors

This is the third night in a row that I have been at a session at the Toronto International Festival of Authors.  I don't know why I never did it before. It has been great. This evening it was The Past You Make.

C.C. Humphreys, Steven Price, and Alissa York’s works transport us to a different place and time. Learn how these authors re-imagine the past. Hosted by Steven W. Beattie and moderated by Hugh Brewster.

The room was nicely set up.

Steven Beattie was the host.

The first author to do a reading was Steven Price who read from his book, By Gaslight, which takes place in 1885.

Next up was Alissa York who read from her newest book, The Naturalist, set in 1867.

The last author is one that I am a big fan of, C.C. Humphreys.  I have read all his Jack Absolute novels and am currently reading Fire, which he read from tonight. The book takes place in 1666.

After the readings was a twenty-five minute round table Q&A led by historian Hugh Brewster. Much of it was how each came up with the idea of their novel, why did they select that particular time period and the challenges of writing for 21st century readers, without going overboard on using the language of the times. As Humphreys pointed out, his book takes place in 1666, and if he had used the true speech and dialect of the era, it would have been unreadable. It all was very interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed tonight and had a brief moment to speak with Chris Humphreys before he went to sign books. Nice guy! I wanted to buy the prequel to Fire, Plague, but it was sold out. Too bad.

Sunday are my next sessions and I am attending two ... Stories of Redemption and In Conversation with Margaret Atwood. I am looking forward to both.

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