Three-Degrees-from-Normal

Kevin Chong, Claudia Dey, Rabindranath Maharaj, Waubgeshig Rice

Three-Degrees-from-Normal

Moderator: Claudia Casper

Event Number: 49
Tickets: $20.00

Three-Degrees-from-Normal

Kevin Chong, Claudia Dey, Rabindranath Maharaj, Waubgeshig Rice

Friday, October 19
10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver

A North American metropolis held quarantine at gunpoint. A small town in the fields with cult-like behaviour. A remote Anishinaabe community faced with urban refugees. An adjacent land full of misfits. These places three-degrees-from-normal press us to ask questions of our own environment, zero in on the fragility of society, and probe what it means to be a good person in the face of isolation and disintegration. Kevin Chong (The Plague), Claudia Dey (Heartbreaker), Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow) and Rabindranath Maharaj (Adjacentland) are four deeply imaginative authors who can answer these fascinating queries—and how building fictional worlds can hold a mirror to our own.

Claudia Casper is the author of three novels including The Reconstruction, and has been short-listed for the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize.

Also suitable for grades 10–12.

Event Participants:

Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong

British Columbia

Kevin Chong is the author of six books, including the novel Beauty Plus Pity and the biography Northern Dancer. He has published widely as a journalist with work recently appearing in The Rumpus and The Guardian. He lives in Vancouver with his family and teaches creative writing at UBC and SFU.

thatkevinchong.wordpress.com@KevinChong1975

 

Claudia Dey

Ontario

Claudia Dey is the author of Stunt, a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award and a Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s and Trillium Book Awards. Dey’s writing has appeared in many publications including The Believer and The Paris Review. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress, a cook in lumber camps, and is co-designer of Horses Atelier. Heartbreaker is her second novel.

claudiadey.com@claudiadey

Rabindranath Maharaj

Toronto

Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of the Trillium Book Award and Toronto Book Award-winning novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, and recipient of the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Apart from his novels and collections of short stories, he has published in various literary journals and anthologies; written reviews and articles for The Washington PostThe Globe & MailThe Toronto Star and others. His latest work is Adjacentland.

rabindranathmaharaj.com 

Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice

Ontario

Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His most recent novel is Moon of the Crusted Snow. By day, he works as a broadcast and web journalist for CBC News in Sudbury, Ontario. He and his wife and son split their time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.

waub.ca, @waub