This year’s New Voices event features two talented authors who began writing after successful careers in other fields.
Claire Finlayson’s debut book, Dispatches from Ray’s Planet, tells the story of her relationship with her brother, Ray, an undiagnosed autistic man. The book documents their evolving relationship and Claire’s growing understanding of her brother’s world through their correspondence that honestly addresses issues like eye contact, empathy, the pros and cons of labels, and why people don’t just say what they mean.
Michelle Good is a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. Her first novel, Five Little Indians, tells the story of five residential school survivors and has been nominated for an Indigenous Voices Award, the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was winner of the Harper Collins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, the Amazon First Novel Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction.
The New Voices event will be hosted by Megan Cole, a Powell River writer, podcaster and Director of Programming and Communications for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes.