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How to write great fiction that’s based on real life

Born in the U.K., writer Kathy Page now lives in Salt Spring Island, B.C. Her books include Alphabet, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, and the short story collections Paradise & Elsewhere and The Two of Us, both of which were longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her latest book is the novel Dear Evelyn, which takes place in London and tells the story of a 70-year-long marriage. Dear Evelyn won the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

In the latest episode of the CBC Books’ video series Why I Write, the award-winning author talks about writing about race, identity and the immigrant experience in Canada.

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