One Page: Bryan Washington


(price does not include service charge)

Free but registration is required

Thursday December 10, 2020
9am PT

The Vancouver Writers Fest is proud to be a part of One Page: Canada’s Virtual Literary Series! One Page is a result of Canada’s largest literary festivals and library systems coming together to collaborate and offer new ways to engage with writers and books at this critical time. As the publishing industry and writers struggle to build awareness and reach readers in an online environment, One Page believes that there is strength in our united efforts.

In Bryan Washington’s first novel, Memorial, the author chronicles the staid and comfortable relationship between Mike, a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson, a Black day care teacher. When Mike suddenly is called to return to Japan to care for his ailing father just as his mother is due to arrive, Benson carves out his days in awkwardness with Mike’s Japanese mother, Mitsuko, whom he’s just met. In quiet scenes that show us how we work simultaneously to connect and disconnect from each other, Washington’s story resides as much in what isn’t said as in what is. In the end, we learn how the history of the ones we love can simultaneously restrict and free us.

Bryan Washington talks with author and scholar, Rinaldo Walcott (Black Like Who?), about the writing and reception of Memorial and what his characters reveal about modern love.