Literature

Credibility and Relatability: Autobiography in the Past and Present

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details,” wrote Roald Dahl in Boy: Tales of Childhood, in which he, rather ironically, describes his childhood and the experiences that influenced him into becoming an author. Autobiographies and memoirs have been present in literature for centuries.

Seven Scars

“What are the colours of your body?” She asks me. As if she cannot see for herself what I am.

As if she cannot believe her eyes.

Between the Pages: The Authors and Their Inspirations

At the end of October, six authors gathered in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, having been shortlisted for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of the most notable prizes in Canada. The event was dubbed “Between the Pages.” Shortlisted candidates travel from coast to coast to present excerpts of their nominated works and are offered a chance to discuss their work and creative lives.

Bits

Bits

Do you believe in life after love?

I, Trust

I, Trust

Shadows slide over the earth, leaving and returning and leaving and descending

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Brutus is the tragic hero of that play. It isn’t Caesar, ‘cause he dies

Incomplete

Incomplete

Do you know that feeling that swells up in your chest, and it kind of feels like gas, but it’s an emotional gas

In Their Small Faces

In Their Small Faces

she would do all she could so that her little coterie of sons would be always, always surrounded by fun, forever alive and ceaselessly in motion

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