Told with Humour

Randy Boyagoda, Rawi Hage, Maureen Medved

Told with Humour

Moderator: Morgan Brayton

Event Number: 63
Tickets: $20.00

Told with Humour

Randy Boyagoda, Rawi Hage, Maureen Medved

Friday, October 19
8:30pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

“Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure. Laughter is just the honey that sweetens the bitter medicine,” explains zeitgeist comedian, Hannah Gadsby. These popular authors use laughter to face—and understand—the bitter moments of life. Randy Boyagoda and Maureen Medved use humour to poke fun at institutions: the religious, the academic and the family. Boyagoda’s Original Prin follows an academic trying to become a better man as he copes with a cancer diagnosis. Medved considers whether life truly begins or ends with tenure in her acerbic Black Star. Rawi Hage’s focus is more acute: the 1970s Lebanese Civil War. A transcendent combination of tragedy and comedy, Beirut Hellfire Society is a beautiful meditation on living through war. Share in a spoonful of sugar.

Morgan Brayton is an actor, comedian and host of OutTV’s Morgan Brayton & Other People.

Event Participants:

Randy Boyagoda

Ontario

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.

Rawi Hage

Rawi Hage

Quebec

Rawi Hage’s first novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and his follow up work, Cockroach, was the winner of the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Both novels were shortlisted for every major Canadian literary prize, including the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for fiction. With Beirut Hellfire Society, he makes a stunning and mature return to war torn Beirut of the 1970s, during the Civil War.

 

Maureen Medved

Maureen Medved

British Columbia

Maureen Medved‘s writing has been published, produced, and adapted internationally, garnering nominations and awards. Her novel Black Star was published in 2018. Her screen adaptation of her first novel, The Tracey Fragments, opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlinale, winning the Manfred Salzgeber Prize, and featuring at the Museum of Modern Art and film festivals internationally. Maureen is Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.