Politics & Prose

Moderator: David Ebner

Event Number: 45
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Politics & Prose

Thursday, Oct 24
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Our political systems are broken. We’re inundated with threats of civil unrest and ecological collapse; issues made more pertinent and perilous by ever-increasing class divides. What possibilities do these urgent crises present to fiction? What are the author’s responsibilities when addressing inequity? Formidable voices Michael Christie (Greenwood), Joanne Ramos (The Farm) and Nazanine Hozar (Aria) reflect on their new works, each a powerful interrogation of how these contentious issues affect every level of our society. In keen conversation, they speak to the possibilities for fiction to share crucial perspectives, hold a mirror up to the public and suggest new courses of action at a time when we need them most.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.




About the moderator:
David Ebner
is a national correspondent at The Globe and Mail. He is based in Vancouver and writes for The Globe’s editorial board. He joined the newspaper in 2000 and worked in Toronto and Calgary before moving to Vancouver in 2008. He has reported on a wide range of stories – business, sports, politics, arts, crime – and was a finalist for a National Newspaper Award in sports in 2013. David grew up in Calgary and graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Event Participants:

Michael Christie

British Columbia

Michael Christie is the author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, and the story collection The Beggar’s Garden, which were both nominated for numerous awards. His most recent novel, Greenwood, is an environmental epic that spans 125 years. A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.


Nazanine Hozar

British Columbia

Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in Vancouver, Canada. Aria is her first novel. Along with its publication in Canada it will be published in the UK and several other European territories in 2020.

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.