Finding Home

Elaine Castillo, Amitava Kumar, Sisonke Msimang

Finding Home

Moderator: Kathryn Gretsinger

Event Number: 30
Tickets: $20.00

Finding Home

Elaine Castillo, Amitava Kumar, Sisonke Msimang

Wednesday, October 17
8:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St, Vancouver

To be home is to belong. Home is a place, but it is also a feeling: one increasingly absent for tens of millions across the globe, whether refugees or settled immigrants. These three internationally lauded writers probe this concept in their most recent works. Elaine Castillo’s America Is Not the Heart follows three generations of Filipino women struggling in the United States “and reads like a seismograph of the aftershocks of trading one life for another.” New York Times writer and author Amitava Kumar passionately depicts the life of a young Indian student living in New York as he tries to fit in. And Sisonke Msimang’s childhood of travelling in exile through Africa and North America beautifully articulates our deepest need for home.

Kathryn Gretsinger is the lead instructor in UBC’s Integrated Journalism program for which she has been recognized with the Killam Teaching Prize.

Event Participants:

Elaine Castillo

United States

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming from Freeman’sLit HubThe RumpusTaste MagazineBon AppetitElectric Literature and elsewhere. Her debut novel is America Is Not the Heart and is forthcoming in translation in multiple countries.

Elaine Castillo is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.

Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar

United States

Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara and grew up in nearby Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. He is the author of several works of non-fiction and two novels. Kumar lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. In 2016, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His latest novel is Immigrant, Montana.

amitavakumar.com, @amitavakumar

Amitava Kumar is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Australia

Sisonke Msimang is one of the most exciting contemporary female black voices in literature. Now based in Perth, Australia, she is Head of Oral Storytelling for the Centre for Stories, and travels frequently to the USA, South Africa and further afield. She regularly contributes to publications such as The GuardianThe Washington Post and The New York Times. Her TED Talk, “If a story moves you, act on it,” has been viewed over 1.3 million times. 

sisonkemsimang.com, @Sisonkemsimang