Finding Home

Moderator: Minelle Mahtani

Event Number: 75
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Finding Home

Sunday, Oct 27
10:30am - 12:00pm

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

“[M]y story begins with my people,” writes Annahid Dashtgard (Breaking the Ocean). Piercing and nothing short of profound, Dashtgard’s memoir traces the ways her life has been shaped by revolution, political activism and trauma. She’s joined by award-winning Israeli/Canadian author, Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving), who was compelled to look closely at her Jewish-Yemeni background and the Mizrahi identity she had once rejected. Estranged from her family and attempting to escape her grief, Tsabari, struggled to find a place to belong before settling in Israel, the place she now calls home. This is a conversation of strength and resilience, and how we rediscover ourselves in the face of seemingly insurmountable opposition.

Generously sponsored by Sam Znaimer in memory of Nancy Richler.

About the moderator:
Minelle Mahtani is a Muslim, South-Asian and Iranian writer, broadcaster and teacher. She is also former radio host at Roundhouse Radio, 98. 3 Vancouver and won several awards for her radio show, Sense of Place. She is currently Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice at UBC and also acts as Senior Advisor to the Provost for Racialized Faculty. She is the author of Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality.

Event Participants:

Annahid Dashtgard


Annahid Dashtgard (M.Ed.) is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, a highly respected international consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion. Previously she was a leader in the anti-corporate globalization movement, responsible for several national political campaigns and frequently referred to as one of the top activists to watch in the 1990s. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Briarpatch magazine. Dashtgard lives in Toronto with her husband and children.

Ayelet Tsabari

British Columbia

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Essays from her memoir, The Art of Leaving, won several awards including a National Magazine Award. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, and has been published internationally., @AyeletTsabari