We continue our summer edition of The Chat in conversation with Toronto writer Anthony De Sa. His new novel, Children of the Moon, takes us back to twentieth-century Tanzania and Mozambique and tells the stories of Pó and Zeca, whose lives intertwine in the shadow of war.
Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. His first book, Barnacle Love, was critically acclaimed and became a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. Anthony’s novel, Kicking the Sky, was set in 1977, the year a twelve-year-old shoeshine boy named Emanuel Jacques was brutally murdered in Toronto. Anthony graduated from University of Toronto and did his post-graduate work at Queen’s University. He attended The Humber School for Writers and Ryerson University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three boys.
Trevor Corkum: Anthony, your novel explores the lives of several characters with albinism in eastern Africa, as well as the brutal human trauma of the colonial war in Mozambique. When and ho …
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Proof I Was Here, by Becky Blake
About the book: What's the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the picaresque coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has criminal charges waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity—if she can just find a way to clear her name.
Why we're taking notice: This is Barcelona like you've never seen it in a tourist guidebook. In her debut novel, Blake paints a rich and colourful view of the city.