International Showcase

Moderator: Aislinn Hunter

Event Number: 12
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

International Showcase

Tuesday, Oct 22
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Settle in for three stunning odysseys from lauded international voices. In Joanne Ramos’ debut novel, The Farm, Jane agrees to surrogacy at a luxury ‘resort’ to support her immigrant family outside its walls. It’s a must-read of 2019, celebrated by book royalty from Oprah to Gary Shteyngart. Booker long-listed Tash Aw bares the brutality of western-driven poverty in Malaysia in We, The Survivors. And Booker finalist Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities was hailed by The Boston Globe as “a historical treasure” for its depiction of love in the face of class structures. Literature that challenges, and literature that heals: it doesn’t get better than this.

About the moderator:
Hunter is a poet and novelist and the author of seven highly acclaimed books. Her novel The World Before Us won the 2015 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Her most recent collection Linger, Still won the 2018 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She has a PhD in material culture theory and was a 2018 Canadian War Artist. Her new novel The Certainties – set in Spain and on an unnamed Atlantic island – is due out with Knopf in May 2020.

Event Participants:

Tash Aw

United Kingdom

Tash Aw is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Harmony Silk FactoryMap of the Invisible World, and Five Star Billionaire, which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others. 

Chigozie Obioma


Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, The Fishermen, won the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. He is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An Orchestra of Minorities is his second novel.

Joanne Ramos


Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth and lives in New York City with her family. The Farm, her debut novel, is a national bestseller and has been chosen by over 50 media outlets in America and abroad as a “must read” in 2019. The Farm was longlisted for the Center of Fiction’s 2019 First Novel Prize.