From the Great North to the World: New Writing from CanadaSunday, April 29 | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Heather O'Neill, Madeleine Thien, Katherena Vermette, moderated by Linda Spalding
Canadian writers have long graced lists of the most beloved and critically acclaimed authors anywhere (just think Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje). Come discover three exceptional Canadian rising stars (who also happen to be women) who have flown to us to discuss their work, including the influence of national and personal histories on it. Heather O’Neill’s “The Lonely Hearts Hotel” is a portrait of two love-struck orphans against a backdrop of circus life in the Depression era. Madeleine Thien tackles two critical moments in China’s history in her novel “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” (shortlisted for the Booker Prize): the Cultural Revolution and the protest at Tiananmen Square. Katherena Vermette tells a complex intergenerational story that traces seemingly disparate lives as they all converge on a single tragic incident. Don’t miss these brilliant new voices from up north.
The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco / Silicon Valley