Author Patron: Chris James
Events: 10, 15, 22
Kate Pullinger is a novelist with no fear for the future of the novel. She is author of the Governor General’s Award-winning novel The Mistress of Nothing and eight other novels including The Piano, which she co-wrote with Jane Campion, and three collections of short stories. Kate is also a master of digital fiction. Her digital projects – Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel–have garnered her international attention and awards for both her innovation and her collaboration. She also wrote a libretto based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray for the Slovak National Theatre, in collaboration with Lubica Cekovska.
Kate’s latest novel, Landing Gear, draws on the real-life accounts of airplane stowaways to examine the elasticity of our modern inter-personal connections through a complex cast of contemporary characters whose lives sometimes literally crash into each other. The novel grew out of the “networked narrative” Flight Paths (with Chris Joseph). Quill and Quire calls Landing Gear “beautiful and profound” and “creating quality fiction out of the banalities of contemporary life…[it] brilliantly conveys the extent to which contemporary technologies permeate our lives and shape our identities.”
Born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Kate now lives in London, England, with her husband and two children.
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