Incite: February 3

7:30pm on Wednesday February 3, 2016
Admission is free. Click here to register

Alice McKay Room, VPL Central Branch

The Writers:

Sunil Yapa (US) - Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Sunil Yapa holds a bachelor's degree in economic geography from Penn State University and an MFA from Hunter College. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is his first novel.

Set during the massive anti-globalization protests during the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a First combines a deep rage with an equally deep humanity. Caught in the maelstrom of politics and violence, the fates of seven people—Victor, a runaway teen, his father, police chief Bishop, two protesters, two police officers and the financial minister of Sri Lanka—are changed in the course of an afternoon. 


Sarah de Leeuw (BC) - Skeena
Sarah de Leeuw is the author of five literary books and co-editor of two academic texts. She is the winner of the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Award for poetry, a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Award for creative non-fiction and, in 2014, won a Western Magazine Gold Award. With a Ph.D. in geography, de Leeuw works in a faculty of medicine where she teaches and undertakes research on medical humanities and health inequalities.

Skeena is an elegy to and celebration of British Columbia’s second-longest river, one at the centre of contemporary conversations about resource extraction and northern geographies. This collection weaves together poetic rendering of the river’s perceptions with archival material that includes highway signs and historical newspapers, scientific reports and local lore, geological surveys and tourist websites. 

Sonja Larsen (BC) - Red Star Tattoo
Sonja Larsen has written articles for magazines, and short stories and poetry for literary journals. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio and her work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Room and Descant, as well as a number of other print and online literary magazines.

From hardscrabble Milwaukee to dreamy Hawaii, from turbulent Montreal to free-spirited California, Red Star Tattoo is Sonja Larsen's unforgettable memoir of a young life spent on the move. By the age of 16, Sonja joins a cult-like communist organization in Brooklyn--unaware of the dark nature of what awaits her.