Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Tamara Faith Berger

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Tamara Faith Berger

2013 is the year of Tamara Faith Berger. After the critical success of her erotic coming of age novel Maidenhead, her publisher, Toronto-based Coach House Books, has created a gorgeous volume collecting her two previous novels, The Way of the Whore and Lie With Me. Released in one handy package under the title Little Cat, the book was published just weeks before the announcement that Maidenhead won the prestigious Believer Book Award.

Today we talk to Tamara as part of the The WAR Series: Writers As Readers, our series which gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Read on to hear from Tamara about some suspect tears, a possibly formative early read and a memorable (if theoretical) title for her autobiography.
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The WAR Series, Writers as Readers

The first book I remember reading on my own:
A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

A book that made me cry:
Great House by Nicole Krauss. But I questioned my tears. I wasn’t that into crying over it.

The first adult book I read:
The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander.

A book that made me laugh out loud:
People Park by Pasha Malla.

The book I have re-read many times:
Guilty by Georges Bataille (I understand less and less each time).

A book I feel like I should have read, but haven't:
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

The book I would give my seventeen year old self, if I could:
The Holocaust Industry by Norman G. Finklestein.

The best book I read in the past six months:
Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante.

The book I plan on reading next:
Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin.

A possible title for my autobiography:
The Jewish Dump.


Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie with Me, in 1999. In 2004, The Way of the Whore, her second book, was published. In 2005, Lie with Me was made into a film. Maidenhead is her third book. Berger is presently working on a novel about a Russian hired killer. She is a graduate student at UBC working on her Masters of Fine Arts.

For more information about Little Cat please visit the Coach House Books website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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