Good Reads

Esi Edugyan, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kathy Page, Monique Gray Smith

Good Reads

Moderator: Caroline Adderson

Event Number: 80
Tickets: $20.00

Good Reads

Esi Edugyan, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kathy Page, Monique Gray Smith

Sunday, October 21
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver

More than anyone, we understand the difficulty of picking just one book to read! Selecting a title that provides hours of scintillating conversation is a challenge every book club regularly faces. Look no further for a thought-provoking new pick than these authors who span cultures, yet are united by their stories of strong women, vivid descriptions and great heart. Giller-Prize winner Esi Edugyan shares the story of a young slave boy in her new novel, Washington Black. Uzma Jalaluddin’s twist on a coming-of-age tale, Ayesha At Last, is a captivating romance centred around a young Muslim woman. Monique Gray Smith’s Tilly and the Crazy Eights follows Tilly driving eight elders to a Pow Wow, while Dear Evelyn spans seven decades of a wartime marriage, as imagined by Kathy Page.

Caroline Adderson is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer and recipient of the Marian Engel Award.

Event Participants:

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

British Columbia

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of nonfiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. Her latest novel, Washington Black, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband and two children.

Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin

Ontario

Uzma Jalaluddin writes “Samosas and Maple Syrup,” a culture and parenting column for The Toronto Star. Her debut novel, Ayesha At Last, is a revamped Pride and Prejudice set in a close-knit Toronto Muslim community. It features outspoken, hijab-wearing poet Ayesha (aka Lizzie Bennet) who falls for traditional, white-robe wearing, fan-of-arranged-marriage Khalid (aka Mr. Darcy). Together, they face family drama, community scandal, and professional scrutiny on their path towards love. Jalaluddin lives in Toronto with her family.

uzmajalaluddin.com, @UzmaWrites

Kathy Page

Kathy Page

British Columbia

Kathy Page is the author of The Story of My FaceThe Find, and Alphabet, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Dear Evelyn is her eighth novel. Her short fiction has appeared in publications that include The WalrusTNQFiddleheadNew WritingBest Short Stories, and Best Canadian Short Stories. Her fabulist short fiction collection, Paradise & Elsewhere, 2014, and her subsequent collection, The Two of Us, 2016, were both nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. 

kathypage.info 

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith

British Columbia

Monique Gray Smith is of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and is the proud mother of twins. She is an international speaker, an award-winning author and a sought-after consultant who lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her board book, My Heart Fills With Happiness, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and her nonfiction book, Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Her new novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, is out this fall.

moniquegraysmith.com, @ltldrum