Something to Talk About

Randy Boyagoda, David Chariandy

Something to Talk About

Moderator: Jael Richardson

Event Number: 48
Tickets: $20.00

Something to Talk About

Randy Boyagoda, David Chariandy

Friday, October 19
10:00am - 11:30am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

All parents worry for their children’s wellbeing. This becomes all the more complex when kids experience prejudice. How can parents and educators create a sense of identity that balances the hard truths of history with the sense of possibility and equality that each child should lead their lives with? David Chariandy explores these questions in an intimate, beautiful book written for this thirteen-year-old daughter, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. He joins a conversation with Randy Boyagoda, whose op-ed in The Globe and Mail about this topic also asks about the implications of class and inequality within this context.  Author, broadcaster and Director of The Festival of Literary Diversity, Jael Richardson, joins them on stage for an important and enlightening conversation.

Also suitable for grades 8–12.

Presented in collaboration with Festival of Literary Diversity.

Event Participants:

Randy Boyagoda


Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his earlier novels are Beggar’s Feast, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Governor of the Northern Province, which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four daughters. He is Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College.

David Chariandy

British Columbia

David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and recognition from eleven literary awards juries. Brother, his second novel, received rave reviews, was named a Best Book of 2017 on no fewer than eight lists, and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.