Mapping the Landscape of Ecofiction

28may2:30 pm3:30 pmMapping the Landscape of EcofictionWith Lisa de Nikolits, Menaka Raman-Wilms, and Cary Fagan

Speakers for this event

  • Cary Fagan

    Cary Fagan


    Cary Fagan is the author of nine novels and five books of short stories. He has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has won the Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award. 



  • Lisa de Nikolits

    Lisa de Nikolits


    Lisa de Nikolits has been hailed as “the Queen of Canadian speculative fiction” (All Lit Up) and is the international award-winning author of eleven novels. Lisa has appeared on recommended reading lists including Open Book Toronto, the 49th Shelf, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, the Quill & Quire and CBC Books.



  • Menaka Raman-Wilms

    Menaka Raman-Wilms


    Menaka Raman-Wilms is a writer and journalist. She’s the host of The Decibel, the daily news podcast from The Globe and Mail. Her story “Black Coffee” was shortlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize, and she’s also a classically trained singer. The Rooftop Garden is her first novel.


Event Details

From rising oceans to deadly monarch butterflies to keeping wolves as household pets, these books explore questions of environmental stewardship – and what happens if those responsibilities are cast aside.

Everything You Dream Is Real by Lisa de Nikolits,
Inanna Publications

Eleven years after a world war destroyed the consumer-driven, plastic-based existence of 2055, a new order of players jostles for power. Streaky electricity, ravaging drought, a scarcity of food, and deadly Monarch butterflies make for an increasingly desperate situation.

Worlds collide when both Mother and Sharps’s children are kidnapped by the unstable plastic surgeon Alpha Plus and taken to The Fountain of Youth compound. There’s flowing water and beautiful people and beautiful clothes and an incongruous convent where children wear smart uniforms and are tutored by nuns. Lovely, until they discover that a subterranean sex trade funds the compound and the man who leads it is mad. Can Mother, Sharps, and the others take down Alpha Plus and his army? Or will they too become pawns in his bid for world domination?

The Rooftop Garden by Menaka Raman-Wilms
Nightwood Publishing

The Rooftop Garden is a novel about Nabila, a researcher who studies seaweed in warming oceans, and her childhood friend Matthew. Now both in their twenties, Matthew has disappeared from his Toronto home, and Nabila travels to Berlin to find him and try to bring him back.

The story is interspersed with scenes from their childhood, when Nabila, obsessed with how the climate crisis will cause oceans to rise, created an elaborate imaginary world where much of the land has flooded. She and Matthew would play their game on her rooftop garden, the only oasis in an abandoned city being claimed by water.

The Animals by Cary Fagan

In a quaint tourist village, Dorn makes miniature scale models displayed in the local shops. Yet life is far from idyllic; he suffers under the thumb of a rich, philandering younger brother and an unloving father, and cannot find the courage to admit his love to Ravenna, the ungainly schoolteacher.

Life takes a strange turn when the government-sponsored “Wild Home Project” is introduced and wolves, rats, minks, otters, and bears move into villagers’ homes. Soon, Dorn receives a mysterious commission, finds a body in a park, and has several run-ins with a former classmate-turned police officer. When fire breaks out, Dorn takes on the unlikely role of hero in the hope of changing the course of his life.


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