7:00 pm Friday August 12
Avant-garde is the blanket term used to describe experimental or boundary-pushing artists and their work. In that regard, Anakana Schofield has taken the novel form out there where Coltrane, Zappa, Picasso, Warhol, Kafka, Beckett and many other non-conformists, took their art. Malarky, her first foray off the beaten track, was met with critical acclaim and several significant awards and nominations. One reviewer described the novel as “… chuckle-inducing black humour.” Her latest novel is the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Martin John, wherein the titular protagonist is a mentally ill sexual deviant. It’s the literary equivalent of skiing out of bounds: one really should obey the rules, but, for Schofield, the snow looks so much better out there.