The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Tanya Talaga in Conversation with Jael Richardson

Moderator: Jael Richardson

Event Number: 13
Tickets: $26.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Tanya Talaga in Conversation with Jael Richardson

Tuesday, Oct 22
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

This year’s Guest Curator, award-winning journalist and CBC Massey Lecturer Tanya Talaga, writes tirelessly on the injustice of Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples. Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations are landmark titles, investigating the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay and the rise of youth suicides in Indigenous communities. Her research has won prestigious awards and, perhaps most importantly, garnered widespread public awareness. In conversation with Festival of Literary Diversity Artistic Director Jael Richardson, Talaga discusses these difficult but necessary investigations, the challenge of writing for change and how she continues to find hope while confronting the hardest of truths. Hear this Anishinaabekwe speak about the progress underway and the great work that lies ahead.

Presented in partnership with UBC Library and alumni UBC.

Event Participants:

Jael Richardson


Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming January 2021 with HarperCollins Canada.

Tanya Talaga


Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. Talaga was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children., @TanyaTalaga

Appearance generously supported by Tourism Vancouver.