This Is America

Elaine Castillo, Amitava Kumar, Tommy Orange

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Moderator: Jared Bland

Event Number: 10
Tickets: $20.00

This Is America

Elaine Castillo, Amitava Kumar, Tommy Orange

Tuesday, October 16
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver

If the battle for America’s soul is ongoing, then surely its heart—and its backbone—lie with the majority of its population: unsung individuals of resilience in a racially and economically diverse country of vast extremes. In this revelatory event, three of the country’s most penetrating writers discuss what America is—and what it could be. Elaine Castillo’s debut novel, America Is Not the Heart, propels readers into immigrant life in the face of the American dream. Amitava Kumar passionately depicts the experience of being an outsider in New York in his new novel, Immigrant, Montana. Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There There, revolutionizes Native American literature. For many, the fate of this superpower is an ubiquitous household conversation. Hear it as you never have before.

Jared Bland is the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart and Vice President of Penguin Random House Canada.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster.

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.

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.