Moderator: Aislinn Hunter
Youth under 30: $15.00
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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:
Aislinn 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.