The Things We Inherit

Peter Gajdics, Elizabeth Hay, Chelene Knight, Lindsay Wong

The Things We Inherit
Event Number: 64

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The Things We Inherit

Peter Gajdics, Elizabeth Hay, Chelene Knight, Lindsay Wong

Saturday, October 20
10:30am - 12:00pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

The lives of our parents are an inextricable stream running through our own, whether we like it or not. This brook of memories may include psychological trauma or complex interactions or the physical burden of unwell aging. Most often, it includes profound love. Four writers from varied backgrounds share the insights offered in their beautifully balanced, and intricate yet raw, memoirs that speak to family history and the lifelong task of unburdening ourselves from a yoke of family secrets or grief. Peter Gajdics (The Inheritance of Shame), Elizabeth Hay (All Things Consoled), Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant) and Lindsay Wong (The Woo-Woo) speak to the catalyst of some of the deepest joy and deepest grief we know: our parents.

Betsy Warland is a leading feminist writer in Canada, most widely known for her collection of essays, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing.

Event Participants:

Peter Gajdics

Peter Gajdics

British Columbia

Peter Gajdics (pronounced “guy-ditch”) is an award-winning writer and the author of The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir, which tells the story of his six-year journey through, and eventual recovery from, a form of “conversion therapy” in British Columbia. Some of his essays, short memoir and poetry have appeared in Maclean’sThe AdvocateThe Gay and Lesbian Review/WorldwideBrevity, and Cosmonauts Avenue, among others. He lives in Vancouver, BC. 

inheritanceofshame.com@HungarianWriter

Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay

Ontario

Elizabeth Hay is the Giller Prize-winning author of ten books, including five novels. Her latest work, All Things Consoled: a daughter’s memoir, is a portrait of her mother and father as they reach the end of their lives. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa. 

elizabethhay.com

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight

British Columbia

Chelene Knight is a Vancouver born-and-raised workshop facilitator, literary event organizer, host, and seasoned panelist. She was a judge for the 2018 Book prizes. She is currently the managing editor at Room magazine, and the 2018 and 2019 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival. Braided Skin, her first book, has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, memoir, Dear Current Occupant. Chelene is currently working on a historical novel about Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

cheleneknight.com, @PoetChelene

Lindsay Wong

British Columbia

Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in literary non-fiction from Columbia University in New York.  The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family is her first book. She lives in Vancouver.

lindsaymwong.wordpress.com@lindsaymwong