Rooted in the Past

Moderator: Tara Henley

Event Number: 53
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Rooted in the Past

Friday, Oct 25
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” These words from the eminent Victor Hugo are reflected in three deeply affecting novels rooted in the past. Rosetta Allan’s The Unreliable People is a moving, relevant story of intergenerational trauma following displacement of the Koryo-Saram people from Russia—and Antonina, a third generation ethnic Korean, searching for her identity. Author of the runaway bestseller The German Girl, Armando Lucas Correa explores the loss of home in The Daughter’s Tale: a sweeping family saga from 1939 Berlin to 2015 New York. Meanwhile, Joan ThomasFive Wives imagines the fate of Christian missionaries whose husbands were killed in the rainforest of Ecuador in the 1950s.

About the moderator:
Tara Henley is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on the CBC, and in The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, as well as dozens of other publications across the country and around the world. Currently a producer at CBC Radio and a books columnist for The Toronto Star, her debut book, The Madness of Modern Life, is out on Appetite (Penguin Random House) in the spring of 2020.

Event Participants:

Rosetta Allan

New Zealand

Rosetta Allan completed the Masters of Creative Writing at The University of Auckland with First Class Honours in 2017 and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Her bestseller, debut novel, Purgatory, was published in (2014). Allan was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel The Unreliable People was released in May (2019) by Penguin Books. Currently, she is the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.,@RosettaAllan

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand.

Armando Lucas Correa

Cuba / USA

Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children.

Joan Thomas


Joan Thomas is a Winnipeg writer, bringing her fourth novel, Five Wives, to the festival. Her books, which include The Opening Sky, Curiosity, and Reading by Lightning, have been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, and have won the Amazon Prize, a Commonwealth Prize, and the McNally Robinson Prize. In 2014 Thomas was awarded the Writers Trust of Canada Engel/Findley Prize for midcareer achievement.