The Upside Down

Cherie Dimaline, Ari Goelman

The Upside Down

Moderator: Sean Cranbury

Event Number: 7
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

The Upside Down

Cherie Dimaline, Ari Goelman

Tuesday, October 17
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

As much as we want to retain our childlike innocence, part of growing up is becoming aware of the cruel realities of the world. At this event, two accomplished young adult writers use speculative fiction as a way into complex issues such as racism, climate change, mental health and agency, and offer teens a way to cope with the changes in their own lives. In Cherie Dimaline’s dystopic future, Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow, which contains a cure to a madness that has struck down the rest of the population. Ari Goelman’s The Innocence Treatment follows Lauren, a teen with a disorder which makes her incredibly trusting. However, the treatment for this disorder has unexpected, and dangerous, side-effects.

Suitable for Grades 8-10.

Event Participants:

Cherie Dimaline


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.


Ari Goelman

British Columbia

Ari Goelman is a short story writer, professor and young adult novelist. He has published many science fiction and fantasy short stories, and his academic work has been covered by the Brookings Institution and The New York Times. His previous novel, The Path of Names, is a paranormal mystery about a young woman at a Jewish summer camp. His latest novel, The Innocence Treatment is a near future thriller about a high school student who undergoes a cutting edge medical treatment to cure her cognitive disability. She subsequently finds herself wrestling with paranoid delusions … that may not be delusions.