Canadian Authors – Toronto programs will take on a mix of art and business concerns. We plan to alternate between two main types of events:

1. themed presentations by writers and other publishing professionals dealing with various aspects of the writing life and the craft of writing, and

2. industry-focused events designed to help writers in the GTA meet agents and publishers, understand publishing contracts, master the ‘authorpreneurial’ demands of social media and marketing, and wend our way through the business side of this writing life.

Event archives: 2018

Winning Two Gillers: A Conversation with Esi Edugyan and Her Editors

When: January 22, 2019, 7:00–9:00 PM

Where: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall amphitheatre (Room 2102), 100 St. George St.

Co-presented by Editors Toronto, Canadian Authors–Toronto, and the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.


This special event will bring acclaimed novelist Esi Edugyan together with four of her editors — Patrick Crean, Marie-Lynn HammondJohn Sweet, and Jane Warren — for a discussion about the writing and editing of Ms. Edugyan’s two Giller Prize winning novels, Half-Blood Blues (2011) and Washington Black (2018).

Have you wondered what it’s like, editorially speaking, to work with an author who has won not one but two Giller Prizes? Would you like to know more about the editorial process that shaped these celebrated books? Esi Edugyan and her panel of accomplished editors will address issues such as these during their talks and the Q&A.

This event will feature a reading and a short talk about the author-editor relationship from Ms. Edugyan, short presentations from her editors, and ample time for questions from the audience (since we know this group has questions!) We’ll close the event by raffling off valuable prizes in support of the SCS Creative Writing Bursary, and time will be allowed for Ms. Edugyan to sign books.

Copies of Washington Black will be available for purchase at the event. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

Ticket information:

Free for members of the Canadian Authors Association – check your email for your ACCESS CODE, along with directions for how to use it.

$10 for non-members, and $5 for non-member students in all other programs.


**Note – it is anticipated that free and paid tickets will sell out quickly!**

More about our speakers (click to enlarge)


Prizes include a copy of Washington Black, donated by HarperCollins Canada; two passes to the Art Gallery of Ontario, donated by the AGO; a Nespresso Inissia machine, donated anonymously by an Editors Toronto member; a $40 gift certificate donated by iQ living on the Danforth; a $25 Indigo/Chapters gift card donated by Upon A Star Books; and a literary tote bag donated by Pulp & Paperie.

Raffle tickets: $2 each, $5 for three, or $10 for seven.

All proceeds will go to the School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Bursary to assist writing students.

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Thank you to these generous sponsors!