7:30pm on Wednesday, April 6
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Bookseller: 32 Books
Multimedia presentation by bestselling author Timothy Taylor, and novelists Gurjinder Basran and Rupinder Gill in conversation with Hal Wake *Let us know you're coming by registering here. Please note that registration is so that we know how many people to expect. Admission on the night is always on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Blue Light Project tracks three days in the life of an unnamed North American city gripped by a hostage taking in a television studio in the centre of town. The story is told largely by Thom Pegg, a disgraced former investigative journalist, down on his luck and working for a tabloid. To everyone's surprise, including his own, Pegg is the single journalist to whom the hostage taker wishes to speak. From outside the studio, the drama of the enthralled and horrified city is revealed through the eyes of two characters who met in the early stages of the crisis and who bond to one another instinctively and immediately (Source: Timothytaylor.com).
As well as a discussion with:
Everything Was Good-bye centres around Meena, a young Indo Canadian woman growing up in the lower mainland of British Columbia and traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in the Punjabi community. Raised by her traditional bound widowed mother, Meena knows the freedoms of her peers can never be hers, but unlike her sisters, she is reluctant to submit to a life that is defined by a suitable marriage. Basran's narrative is a story of love, loss and self acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals. (Source: Gurjinderbasran.com)
On the Outside Looking Indian: "I am 30 years old. I wore my hair in two braids every day until i was 12. I dressed more conservatively than most Amish, barely left my house until I was 18 and spent the last 12 years studying and working hard on my career like a good little Indian girl. The tiime has come; you are witness to the dawning of my Indian Rumspringa, a Ram-Singha if you will. But instead of smoking and drinking Bud Lights in a park, I plan to indulge in a different manner- by pursuing everything I wish had been a part of my youth. Things I always felt were part of most North American's adolescent experience..." (Source: McClelland & Stewart)