Festival News: Another great line-up on the Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage


Each year, the Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage features some of the biggest names in Canadian literature, all under one roof! In 2012, the Stage, located at The Word On The Street’s new College Street entrance, continues to live up to its reputation.

As The Word On The Street’s flagship venue, the Stage will host 2012’s festival headliners David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin. They will be kicking off their six-city national Canadian The End Of Growth Tour at 3:00 p.m., where they will discuss their shared belief that a sustainable future can only be found at the intersection of ecology and economics.

Always standing room only, the popular Scotiabank Giller Prize Hour returns to the Stage. Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition, will welcome guests from the media and book world, including 2006 winner Vincent Lam and CBC Books producer Erin Balser, for an inside look at the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He will also interview Peggy Blair, winner of this year’s Readers’ Choice Contest, about her mystery novel, The Beggar’s Opera. This is a can’t-miss segment for all literary lovers!

Chef Michael Smith returns to the Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage again in 2012 to celebrate his new and delicious cookbook Fast Flavours: 110 Simple Speedy Recipes. Food writer Ivy Knight will be interviewing Chef Michael Smith about his new book and what happens behind the scenes when creating cookbooks.

More big names appearing on this Stage include Gail Vaz-Oxlade, one of Canada’s most successful and respected financial writers. She will be presenting from her revised and updated book Debt-Free Forever. And that’s not all: Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author David Bergen will be reading from his new novel The Age of Hope; award-winning author John Ralston Saul will be presenting his new work of fiction, Dark Diversions; and Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s Q, will be reading from his first book, 1982, a rock memoir.

The esteemed Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage hosts are Mary Ito, host of CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air and Mark Medley, books editor for the National Post and co-editor of the paper’s books blog, The Afterword. To see a full author line-up for this stage, please visit: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/300530e6#/300530e6/18.


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