Anakana Schofield (Malarky) appears at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

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As part of 49th Shelf's #Fest2Fest, Julie Wilson is speaking with authors across the country (and abroad) who are appearing at literary festivals to promote their latest books.

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Anakana Schofield, author of Malarky (Biblioasis), will appear at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

This year's festival runs October 18-28 , 2012.

Julie chatted with Anakana via Skype about grandma's tea cup and how to leave sex out of writing is akin to not talking about the weather.


Malarky, by Anakana Schofield (Biblioasis, 2012)

About the book: Our Woman will not be sunk by what life’s about to serve her. She's caught her son doing unmentionable things out by the barn. She's been accosted by Red the Twit, who claims to have done things with Our Woman’s husband that could frankly have gone without mentioning. And now her son’s gone and joined the army, and Our Woman has found a young fella to do unmentionable things with herself, just so she might understand it all …

Malarky is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing. Comic, moving, eccentric, and spare, Anakana Schofield's debut novel introduces a brilliant new voice to contemporary fiction.

Anakana Schofield, author of Malarky (Biblioasis, 2012)

About the author: Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. She contributes to the London Review of Books, The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, the Globe & Mail, and the Vancouver Sun. She has lived in London and Dublin, and now resides in Vancouver. Malarky is her first novel. | @vancouverlit

About the International Festival of Authors (IFOA): The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the world's best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book signings each October.

 The IFOA presents a number of special events including readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor General’s Literary Awards, and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

 IFOA Ontario, the festival's touring programme, now stops in 12 locations across the province. For further details visit

Follow them on Twitter as @IFOA | #IFOA

October 16, 2012
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