A program open to all ages - Wednesday September 18 - 7:00 pm-8:30 pm - Free Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level Mixed Voices Raised Join Canadian Poet Laureate Fred Wah, 2009 Journey Prize winner Yasuko Thanh, and critically acclaimed author David Chariandy in conversation with UBC English professor Glenn Deer exploring their mixed cultural upbringing and its influence on their creative work. Please visit www.hapapalooza.ca for more details on the festival and this event. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603 (starfishian)… (more)
"A first novel nominated for both of Canada’s top literary awards is impressive. It bodes well for the future of its young author. Soucouyant (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007), which takes its title from an evil spirit of Caribbean folklore, was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It brought an unanticipated amount of attention to David Chariandy and reinforced his desire to continue working as a writer.
The novel is topical and relevant on a number of levels. It is essentially about the plight of a young Canadian Black man dealing with his Trinidad-born mother’s early onset dementia. It is also about racism, classism, poverty, social alienation and the complex issue of cultural memory, all of which are persistent contributing elements in a twisting, complicated plot.
David Chariandy is a Canadian of Trinidadian background. He teaches English literature at Simon Fraser University and is one of the founders of Commodore Books, the first Black Canadian literary publisher in Western Canada." (christiguc)… (more)