Jared Bland is the Arts editor of the Globe and Mail, and an uninhibited bibliophile. A reader’s reader, he is one of the best-qualified people in the country to answer the question: “What should I read next?”
Jared served as managing editor at The Walrus, and then Poetry Editor at House of Anansi. At the Globe, Jared works to see that the Books section “reflect[s] as many aspects of reading in this country as possible, so that when we make an effort to shape that culture – by making a lot of noise about a new writer, say, or urging our readers toward some book they might not otherwise come across–we have a relationship of trust and authority with our readers that will make those efforts more effective.”
Jared has served on the Board of Directors for PEN Canada He edited Finding the Words: Writers on Inspiration, Desire, War, Celebrity, Exile, and Breaking the Rules, a special fundraising anthology for PEN Canada in which well-known Canadian writers share deeply personal discoveries and stories, and reveal surprising truths about the joys, challenges, and importance of finding the right words.
Born in Springfield, Illinois, Jared now lives in Toronto, and continues to work towards shaping a literary culture that has “intellectual sincerity, diversity, and rigour.” He is an insightful and skilled moderator. This will be Jared’s third time at Kingston WritersFest.