The Lives of Girls & Women

Moderator: Claudia Casper

Event Number: 28
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

The Lives of Girls & Women

Wednesday, Oct 23
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

The relationships we interweave with women as women are affirming, complex, life-giving. The deep histories of shared secrets and experiences with mothers, sisters, cousins, friends become enmeshed with our sense of self, as demonstrated in these novels—four of the hottest books of 2019 and already tipped for award lists. Mona Awad’s spellbinding Bunny shares ever familiar woes of close friendships in an unexpected form; Nazanine Hozar’s Aria has been praised by literary heavyweights from John Irving to Margaret Atwood for its haunting depiction of motherhood; Alix Ohlin delves into a poignant portrait of two sisters in the luminous Dual Citizens; and Laisha Rosnau’s Little Fortress asks how female bonds can be cemented and tested in isolation. Bring your favourite women for an evening that celebrates just that.

About the moderator:
Claudia Casper is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Mercy Journals, a post climate-crisis, post-apocalyptic, story of murder, memory, and hope, won the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction. She has been faculty at the Iceland Writer’s Retreat, the Whistler writer-in-residence, and a speaker at TedX Vancouver. This fall she will moderate and read at an interdisciplinary conference: Nature Through Her Eyes, in Perpignan, France. Her best-selling debut novel, The Reconstruction, is being adapted for film in a France/Canada coproduction.

Event Participants:

Mona Awad

Ontario / USA

Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Colorado Book Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in TimeVICEElectric LiteratureMcSweeney’sLos Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

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.

Alix Ohlin

British Columbia

Alix Ohlin‘s latest novel is Dual Citizens (House of Anansi). Her previous novel, Inside, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Vancouver and chairs the Creative Writing Program at UBC., @AlixOhlin 

Laisha Rosnau

British Columbia

Laisha Rosnau is author of two novels, Little Fortress and The Sudden Weight of Snow, and four collections of poetry. Her work has been the recipient of Dorothy Livesay Award and Acorn-Plantos Award, and has been nominated for several awards, including the Amazon First Novel Award and three times for CBC Literary Awards. Rosnau teaches at UBC Okanagan and she and her family are resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream, BC.