Dreams and Nightmares

Cherie Dimaline, Omar El Akkad, Alison Pick

Dreams and Nightmares

Moderator: Ian Weir

Event Number: 47
Tickets: $20.00

Dreams and Nightmares

Cherie Dimaline, Omar El Akkad, Alison Pick

Thursday, October 19
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

For centuries writers have been imagining perfect worlds, and worlds gone wrong. The recent acclaimed television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has now rekindled interest in stories about surviving in a dystopia. In Cherie Dimaline’s new novel, set in a future world, the only people still able to dream are the Indigenous people of North America, and because the key to survival is their bone marrow, they are hunted. Alison Pick sets her novel in 1921 Palestine, and shows how a vision of a Jewish homeland succumbs to pragmatism and that utopian dream is destroyed by messy human entanglements. Omar El Akkad sets his tale in 2047 following a second American Civil War, amid a devastating plague with one family caught in the middle. These are more than cautionary tales.

Event Authors:

Cherie Dimaline

Ontario

Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor from the Georgian Bay community. Her award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. She has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, Muskrat Magazine and FACE. Dimaline was named the first Writer in Residence in Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. She also coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering in Toronto. The Marrow Thieves is Dimaline’s newest dystopic sci-fi novel aimed at young adults in which global warming has devastated the planet and the Indigenous people of North America are hunted for their bone marrow.

@writeoncherie
cheriedimaline.blogspot.com

Omar El Akkad

Ontario/United States

Omar El Akkad is a revered journalist and author. His reporting has taken him all over the world where he has covered some of the most important news stories including the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the NATO-led war in Afghanistan and the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt. His investigation of the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests lead to his National Newspaper Award. American War is his first piece of fiction set during the Second American Civil War and follows a family as they experience the devastation and consequences of America’s deadly weapons and policies.

@omarelakkad

Alison Pick

Ontario

Alison Pick was the 2002 winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for the most promising young writer in Canada. She is the author of three poetry books, and her novels, The Sweet Edge and Far to Go, were well-received bestsellers. Her memoir, Between Gods, which was published internationally, is about her conversion to Judaism as a young woman. Her latest novel, Strangers with the Same Dream, is a politically-charged novel that delves into the turmoil surrounding Palestine in the 1920s and how this conflict changed people and their aspirations.

@alisonpick
alisonpick.com