Ben Okri once said, “We live stories that either give our lives meaning or negate it with meaninglessness. If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives.” Vancouver-based writer, Chelene Knight, uses a variety of forms, including essays and poems, to reflect on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother in Dear Current Occupant. In spite of the traumas of his childhood, deep and mysterious forces handed down by his mother helped Darrel J. McLeod survive and thrive: Mamaskatch is a moving portrait of a family of strong personalities, deep ties, and the shared history that both binds and haunts them.Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, fiction, visual art, and film. Her latest memoir, I’m Afraid of Men, explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a woman. Join us for a discussion that explores these stories of resilience and how art can be an act of strength with Sonnet L‘Abbé, author of Killarnoe: Poems, as the moderator.
Tickets are $15. Students receive a 20% discount.