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Moving Parts and The Umbrella Mender-Author Talk

Equal parts insightful and heartbreaking, Moving Parts is a provocative collection of deeply imagined, darkly funny stories. Unconventional settings range from a hospital waiting room to a Cessna cockpit; the interrogation room of an Arizona prison to Interstate 10 East outside of Pensacola. Author Arjun Basu call it “Witty, moving, urbane, and thoroughly modern, Moving Parts is a knockout collection. A hip cross-country tour of today’s North America.”

Lana Pesch is a Canadian writer, producer, and creative writing instructor. She is an alumna of the Banff Wired Writing Studio and her work has appeared in ELLE Canada, Taddle Creek, 49th Shelf, and Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. Lana was long-listed for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Her debut short story collection,Moving Parts (Arsenal Pulp Press) was published in Canada in 2015 and the US in 2016. She lives in Toronto. Find out more at


Young nurse Hazel McPherson is drawn to the north to fight the tuberculosis epidemic that rages among first nations people, but what she finds there—about herself and what she believes—becomes a secret she keeps for 60 years. Author Alissa York says The Umbrella Mender is “a moving mediation on human frailty, a sensitive portrait of conflicting cultures brought together in an uneasy truce, and a heartbreaking tale of unsanctioned love.”

Christine Fischer Guy is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Umbrella Mender. Her short fiction has appeared in journals across Canada and the US and has been nominated for the Journey and Pushcart prizes. She has worked as a fiction critic for The Globe and MailBooks in Canada and others, and currently contributes essays and interviews to the LA Review of Books, The Millions, Ryeberg and Hazlitt. She teaches creative writing at the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also an award-winning journalist. She has lived and worked in London, England and currently lives in Toronto.

The event will be moderated by Reuters video producer Jillian Kitchener.

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