The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: It’s a Family Affair

Carrianne Leung, Tommy Orange, Eden Robinson

The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: It’s a Family Affair

Moderator: Cherie Dimaline

Event Number: 12
Tickets: $26.00

The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: It’s a Family Affair

Carrianne Leung, Tommy Orange, Eden Robinson

Tuesday, October 16
8:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Loyalty and feuds, love and dysfunction: family dynamics inevitably mould our lives in complex, sometimes unrecognizable ways. Is this why families make for such riveting fiction? In this first event from our inaugural Guest Curator, Cherie Dimaline, three of fiction’s most compelling voices read from their work and discuss how these bonds shape both perspective and story. Lives behind suburban curtains unravel in Carrianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You. Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There There, is full of family relationships—blood and chosen—and has been hailed as a groundbreaking “meditation on identity and its broken alternatives.” Eden Robinson’s Trickster Drift reveals the next phase of protagonist Jared’s life, first introduced in her multi-award-winning Son of a Trickster. You can’t choose your family. You can choose your fiction.

Event Participants:

Cherie Dimaline

Ontario

The Vancouver Writers Fest is pleased to announce Cherie Dimaline as our first annual Guest Curator, programming four events throughout festival week. A Métis writer, editor and coordinator of the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering, Dimaline’s fiction has been anthologized internationally. Her latest YA novel, The Marrow Thieves, won a 2017 Governor General’s Award, the American Kirkus Prize, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was also a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads.

@cherie_dimaline

Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung

Ontario

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo, was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was published in March 2018. 

carrianneleung.com, @kayee13

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

United States

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California. There There is his first novel.

@thommyorange 

Tommy Orange is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.

Eden Robinson

British Columbia

Eden Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk author who grew up in Haisla, British Columbia. Monkey Beach, her first novel, was shortlisted for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and won the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her novel, Son of a Trickster, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her latest work is Trickster Drift.