Giller Power Panels
Giller Power Panels
About the Giller Power Panels
Since its inception in 2021, the Giller Power Panels have pulled together creatives with a moderator each month (January – June of each year) to discuss pressing issues of our time. Past panels include topics like institutional bias in publishing BIPOC writers, writing while female, indigenous identity through writing, and many more.
Murder! Horror! Mystery! – The Appeal of Genre Fiction
June 7, 2023 | 7 p.m. ET
Past Giller Power Panels
Scroll down to enjoy past Giller Power Panels.
Banned Books – Censorship and the Erasure of History and Experience
April 25, 2023
Every day more books are being challenged or removed from bookshelves. Listen in as these experts discuss the importance of free speech.
Moderator: Peter Midgley
Panelists: Matt Abbott, Arlene Perly Rae, Raziel Reid, and David Robertson
From Page to Screen
May 3, 2022
The May panel will explore how books are adapted to the big and small screen, how the writer is involved (or not) in the process, how much control they can exert over the final product, how a book gets optioned, and more.
Moderator: Richard Crouse
Panelists: Margaret Atwood, Emma Donoghue, Sarah Polley, Clement Virgo
Less is More – The Art of the Short Story
April 12, 2022
This Giller Power Panel focuses on the unique structural elements of short stories and explores the subtleties and drama of the form.
Moderator: Alexander MacLeod
Panelists: Sharon Bala, David Bezmozgis, Téa Mutonji, Daniel Sarah Karasik, Richard Van Camp
A Demon in the House – Subverting the Gender Binary in Women’s Writing
March 15, 2022
This panel focuses on where women’s writing fits in a male-dominated authorial and publishing world, women’s work outside of their writing, and the media’s role in promoting – or not – women’s books.
Moderator: Susan Swan
Panelists: Mona Awad, Heather O’Neill, Jael Richardson, Tanya Talaga, Kim Thúy
AfriCanLit – Contours & Conflicts
February 15, 2022
This panel focuses on writers’ craft, the relationship between art, community and politics, and some of the interesting debates/discussions happening within contemporary Black life.
Moderator: Scott Fraser
Panelists: Donna Bailey Nurse, Antonio Michael Downing, Francesca Ekwuyasi, H. Nigel Thomas
The Art & Craft of Book Cover Design
January 17, 2022
This panel focuses on the designers behind award-winning cover art design, an oft-obscure group that create the pictures on the covers of books we buy and love. They will give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a sometimes-misunderstood art form.
Moderator: Lisa Jager
Panelists: Kelly Blair, Laura Boyle, Kelly Hill, Jack Smyth
Indigenous Authors Explore Identity Through Language
June 21, 2021
The conversation covers a variety of topics, including the co-opting of voice, indigeneity during a pandemic, surviving trauma and more
Moderator: Duncan McCue
Panelists: Cherie Dimaline, Drew Hayden Taylor, Waubgeshig Rice, Katherena Vermette
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