AN HOUR OF TALK AND CONVERSATION WITH DAVID DEMCHUK
Mechanical Engineering Building #205, 5 King’s College Road
HOSTED BY MIKE JOHNSTONE,
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
ALL ARE WELCOME!
WED., 13 MARCH 2019
7:45PM – 8:45PM
“This extraordinary debut novel . . . gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose. These stories read like beautiful and brutal nightmares, sharply disquieting, and are made all the more terrifying by the history in which they’re grounded.”
— Publishers Weekly starred review of The Bone Mother (27 Mar. 2017)
Award-winning author David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, radio, film, digital, and other media for nearly forty years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother, published in 2017 by ChiZine Publications, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto Book Award, and a Shirley Jackson Award in the Best Novel category. It won the 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in the Adult Fiction category. His plays have been produced from Toronto to New York to San Francisco to Edinburgh and London, UK, with Touch winning a Dora Award in 1986. He wrote adaptations of William Gibson’s The Winter Market and H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau for CBC
Radio. He has written reviews, essays, interviews, and columns for The Walrus, Toronto Life, The Toronto Star, Xtra! What! Magazine, and Prairie Fire, and he was a contributing writer at Torontoist for several years. David has a special interest in queerness and monstrosity. His Cabbagetown backyard in Toronto is home to a hive of curious but quick-tempered bees. He is quietly at work on a troubling new novel.