Over 60 authors—writing in categories from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller—have been confirmed for the 34th annual International Festival of Authors. Among those confirmed are Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland, Stephen King, Sam Lipsyte and Lisa Moore.
Internationally acclaimed travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux is the author of more than 40 novels and works of non-fiction, including Waldo, The Mosquito Coast, The White Man’s Burden, The Great Railway Bazaar and Sir Vidia’s Shadow. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands. In Theroux’s latest, India-set, novel, A Dead Hand, a travel writer with writer’s block is intrigued when he receives a letter from a seductive American philanthropist with news of a scandal involving her son’s Indian friend.
Eleanor Wachtel is the host of CBC Radio One’s Writers & Company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and won the New York Festival Award. She also hosts Wachtel on the Arts. Her latest book is Random Illuminations: Conversations With Carol Shields. Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life, including eight honorary degrees and the Order of Canada.