Emma Donoghue
Photo by Punch Photographic, 2013
Emma Donoghue
Thursday, Oct. 17 | 7:30 PM | Arden Theatre
Bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together. Emma Donoghue will be in conversation with Paula Simons.

STARFest Facts
Emma Donoghue’s novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. She scripted the Canadian-Irish film of Room, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects) to the historical (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music). Her last novel, The Wonder, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In Akin, a retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. The trip looks like a disaster, as the pair argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, but Michael's tech skills and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past.

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue lives in Canada.
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Paula Simons is a Canadian Senator. She previously worked as a journalist and was a columnist for the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta. She sits as an independent senator representing Alberta in the Senate of Canada, and is part of the Independent Senators Group caucus.