Anakana Schofield

Anakana Schofield is the author of the 2015 Giller Prize shortlisted novel Martin John, which was also a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the (UK) Goldsmiths Prize. Martin John received Editors’ Choice in the New York Times and was named on many Best Books of 2015 lists. Schofield’s debut novel Malarky (2012) won the 2012 First Novel Award and the 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in the United States and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Anakana Schofield has appeared at writers festivals all over Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, and has written many reviews for newspapers, including The GuardianThe Irish TimesThe Globe and Mail, and the National Post. She also contributes to the London Review of Books blog. She lives in Vancouver.

Anakana Schofield will be hosting a writing workshop on Saturday, September 7th for writers to learn to expand their ideas, literary visions, and enhance their literary departures through exercises that explore different cross-disciplinary realms. Find out more here

On Festival Sunday Anakana Schofield will be part of our “Her Story set at The Meadow from 4:30-5:30.

Photo credit: Arabella Campbell

BINA: A Novel in Warnings

BINA: A Novel in Warnings is the mind-blowing new novel from a blazingly talented writer whose last book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award. Anakana Schofield’s writing “spins and glitters like a coin flipped in the air – now searingly tragic, now darkly funny…. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.” (Annabel Lyon)

“My name is Bina and I’m a very busy woman. That’s Bye-na, not Beena. I don’t know who Beena is but I expect she’s having a happy life. I don’t know who you are, or the state of your life. But if you’ve come this way to listen to me, your life will undoubtedly get worse. I’m here to warn you …”

So begins this “novel in warnings” – an unforgettable tour de force in the voice of an ordinary-extraordinary woman who has simply had enough. Through the character of Bina, who is writing out her story on the backs of discarded envelopes, Anakana Schofield filters a complex moral universe filled with humour and sadness, love and rage, and the consolations, obligations and mysteries of lifelong friendship.