Monday, January 30, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
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The Next Chapter and Canada Writes are teaming up again to present our fourth Literary Smackdown, an authorial showdown about the ins and outs of writing.
This time, Helen Humphreys and Zsuzsi Gartner hop in a literary time machine but they can't agree on which direction to take. What's better: writing the past or writing the future?
Helen Humphreys is a novelist and poet. She prefers to set her fiction in the past because she's fascinated by how little things have actually changed. Her most recent novel is The Reinvention of Love. Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and the editor of Darwin's Bastards, a collection of dystopian and science fiction stories. Zsuzsi thinks the present is elusive, ever-changing, and impossible to capture in words. She prefers having fun with the "what if" scenarios that can play out in the future.
Past or future: which has the most creative possibilities for a fiction writer?
Press play on the player above to hear Helen and Zsuzsi's debate. Click here to read their essays on the Canada Writes website.