One Page: Canada's Virtual Literary Series

Watch Canada-wide Author Talks with the One Page Virtual Literary Series

One Page Virtual Literary Series

One Page is a result of Canada’s largest literary festivals and library systems coming together to collaborate and offer new ways to engage with writers and books at this critical time.

One Page aims to offer events that are engaging, relevant and reflective of contemporary book culture in Canada and abroad with live and pre-recorded events that the public can access for free across the country.

Upcoming Events

Elif Shafak and the cover of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Elif Shafak: This Strange and Violent World

March 4, 9:00 AM | Register at

When her 17th book, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Catalogue | Publisher), was published in 2019, Elif Shafak became one of the first Turkish writers to be nominated for a Booker Prize. The list of nominated works that year included Margaret Atwood, Bernadine Evaristo and others, but Shafak’s book was one of the sole works that came at an enormously high personal cost. As one of Turkey’s best-known and most widely read authors, Shafak has long challenged Turkey’s official state narrative relating to its own history, its sexual violence, its treatment of its minority populations and other “official stories” and Shafak has faced great challenges due to her subject matter and her challenging of these official Turkish narratives. This included a charge of “insulting Turkishness” which carried the threat of jail time in Turkey (the charge was later dismissed). In 10 Minutes, Shafak explores the life of a woman, Leila, and her “outcast” friends as Leila lies dying, murdered on the rough and violent streets of Istanbul. In a daring and unconventional use of form to tell the intertwined stories of a single death and its impact on a group of women, Shafak again shows us her formidable storytelling skills and the lives under the surface of the official narrative.

Check out all the events from participating libraries across Canada.


Watch Recorded One Page Events

André Aciman: What Might Have Been (Recorded February 4)


André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name, returns to the craft of essay-writing in Homo Irrealis, a series of meditations that explore memory, nostalgia and the human need to look backwards. André Aciman discusses his latest collection with Kamal Al-Solaylee (author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Means Today) about publishing his first collection of essays in nine years and where he finds his “elsewhere” during the Great Pandemic


Samantha Irby: Wow No Thank You (Recorded December 10)


In the “wildly funny” new essay collection by Samantha Irby, the author reflects on (among other topics) life in a Red State, turning 40, LA TV executives, having a spouse who makes her own kombucha and the fakery of lifestyle blogs (vs the reality of the “slobs on the other side of the screen”). Samantha Irby discusses Wow, No Thank You and shows us how to laugh through all the chaos.


Jo Nesbo: The Kingdom (Recorded November 26)


Prolific Norwegian crime novelist, Jo Nesbo returns with an evocative psychological thriller filled with fraternal envy in his newest novel The Kingdom.


Tommy Orange and Waubgeshig Rice: There There (Recorded November 26)


In a sweeping yet nuanced exploration of identity and the role of Native Americans in a contemporary urban America (in this case, Oakland, California), Cheyenne and Arapaho author, Tommy Orange’s novel There There (ORL Catalogue | Publisher) presents a complex portrait of urban life and the impact that racism, ignorance and historical wrongs has had on an interconnected group of Native American characters.


James McBride and Omar El Akkad: Deacon King Kong (Recorded November 19)


In Deacon King Kong, McBride masterfully tells the story of the shooting of a neighbourhood drug dealer by the local deacon and the subsequent blowback felt by the people who witnessed the shooting. In true McBride style, this story is a vivid portrayal of the tumultuous swirl of New York in the late 1960s that brings to life distinct characters who must face their own fears and secrets in order to survive. 


Anne Enright (Recorded October 15) 


Anne Enright talks about Actress with the editor of Canadian Notes & Queries, Emily Donaldson, and the complex relationship that binds us to and cuts us off from our childhood heroes as well as to the pull of celebrity and its potential for destruction. 


Barbara Kingsolver (Recorded October 8)


Kingsolver talks with CBC arts journalist, Aparita Bhandari, about her career, her poetry and what we can all learn about the lessons life continues to teach us.


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