The Stuff of Life

Durga Chew-Bose, Sarah de Leeuw

The Stuff of Life

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 78
Tickets: $20.00

The Stuff of Life

Durga Chew-Bose, Sarah de Leeuw

Saturday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Two distinct voices discuss mining the content of their lives in their work. Durga Chew-Bose’s Too Much And Not the Mood takes its title from a line in Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary and showcases the author’s own brand of essay-meets-prose about identity and culture. Award-winning poet and non-fiction writer Sarah de Leeuw’s Where It Huts is a highly charged collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Join these sharp and reflective thinkers for provoking discussion on what sets their pens moving, their fingers typing and their minds firing.

Presented with The SFU Writer’s Studio

We regret that Mary Gaitskill is no longer appearing in this event.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah de Leeuw is appearing in this event.

Event Participants:

Sarah de Leeuw

British Columbia

Sarah de Leeuw is an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of new Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Her collection of creative non-fiction essays, Where It Hurts, is a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award in Non-fiction. Her second book of poetry, Geographies of a Lover, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. For two consecutive years, she was honoured in the creative non-fiction category of the CBC Literary Awards.

Durga Chew-Bose


Durga Chew-Bose’s  writing has appeared in Hazlitt, the Guardian and The Globe and Mail. Her debut collection of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood takes its title from a diary entry of Virginia Woolf’s to describe her issues with satisfying audiences and embodies Chew-Bose’s guiding theme, namely, what is worth writing? It was called “transcendent and grounding” by The Globe and Mail.