Moderator: Betsy Warland
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Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.
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How do we confront painful inheritances? Abandoned by his parents, Jesse Thistle fell into a life of drugs, homelessness and crime, before taking it upon himself to change. In From the Ashes, he shares his journey to reconnect with his Métis-Cree culture and family. Exiled from her Yemeni family and shaken by her father’s death, Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving) pursued a turbulent life of constant travel—until an untold family history enabled her to finally find herself. Adopted as an infant, Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.) overcomes cultural divides to build a relationship with her birth family. These memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures.
About the moderator:
Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose including her best selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing and Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, which reviewers called “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.” Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. With Myrna Kostach, Warland co-founded the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective. She also founded and is a mentor in the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program.