This is the Humber School for Writers Love & Defiance podcast. I’m David Bezmozgis, creative director of the Humber School for Writers. The Love & Defiance podcast features Humber students and graduates who’ve lived interesting or extraordinary lives and who have brought those experiences into their writing. As for the podcast title, Love & Defiance, it refers to the twin motivations behind writing or creating art, probably at any time in history but certainly today. Love for the subject matter, for the act of putting words together in a true and pleasing way, for books in general and what they’ve given us and also the defiance to persevere in the face of failure, rejection and a sense of being drowned out by the noise of the world.
Feb 18, 2020
David Bezmozgis speaks with Tendisai Cromwell about writing about faith, dual identities and where to draw the line between piousness and piety in her novel-in-progress, The Common Believer.
Feb 18, 2020
David Bezmozgis speaks with David Albertyn, author of Undercard (Anansi 2019), about using personal experience to find his voice, and how to prepare for a new kind of challenge: success.
David Bezmozgis, a writer and filmmaker, is the author of Natasha and Other Stories, The Free World, The Betrayers and Immigrant City. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope All-Story, and Best American Short Stories. He has been nominated three times for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award and has received the Amazon.ca First Novel Award among other prizes. In 2010, he was one of The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40. David has written and directed two feature films, Victoria Day and Natasha, each nominated in the writing category at the Canadian Screen Awards. He was on the writing staff for the fifth and final season of the television series Orphan Black.