In Conversation w/ Karen Connelly
AWCS is pleased to welcome, Governor General Award Winner for non-fiction, Karen Connelly for an intimate evening of conversation over wine.
Grab a glass of wine and get comfortable as we discuss the challenges of writing steamy sex scenes with Karen Connelly. How does it feel? How do people react? What happens to our writing when we open up and let ourselves be free? And why is it so dang hard for most of us to do?
We’ll talk about the writing process, publishing and what happens when the book is out in the world and we anxiously wait for reader reactions.
Karen will read from her most recent work of fiction, The Change Room.
The Change Room, published by PenguinRandomHouse in 2017, has been called “revolutionary” and “boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s (harried, crazy-busy) lives and sexuality. It’s hot and mildly kinky.
Karen is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and has been called “one of Canada’s smartest, fiercest and most intrepid writers.” (that was CBC’s Bill Richardson, in 2017; and he knows!) An outspoken human rights activist, a polyglot, a provocateur, she’s spent extended periods in various European countries, travelled in the Middle East and North Africa, lived in Thailand and on the Thai-Myanmar border among refugee and dissident populations. Three of her books–poetry, fiction, non-fiction–have explored the struggles of Burmese dissidents, political prisoners, revolutionary soldiers, and refugees.
Her writings (books, essays, poems) have been translated into fifteen languages and published in seventeen countries.
Thanks to The Writers Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.