SIOBHAN FALLON & BIANCA MARAIS
Siobhan Fallon will read from her novel, Confusion of Languages. “Fallon carefully builds the cloistered world of two Army spouses living in the Middle East during the Arab Spring, a world whose edges and limitations we only start to glimpse as the two women spiral toward tragedy.” –Phil Klay
Siobhan Fallon is the author of the remarkable story collection about military spouses, You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Military Spouse, The Huffington Post, and NPR’s Morning Edition. She and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Debut novelist Bianca Marais will read from Hum If You Don’t Know the Words. “Bianca Marais’s stunning debut offers an evocative and thought-provoking look at the unlikely relationship between two South Africans. Set against a backdrop of apartheid-era South Africa, Marais illuminates the experiences of both black and white South Africans during one of the bloodiest periods in the country’s history and gives us an emotionally powerful and historically important story about forgiveness, love and redemption.” —Tara Conklin
Originally from South Africa, Marais now resides in Toronto with her husband.