Read the book, meet the author, and engage in stimulating discussion.

A series facilitated by Carmen Rodríguez, writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver.

In preparation for this book-club/meet-the-author series, you will have the opportunity to read the work of three outstanding Canadian authors, meet them face to face, and discuss their books with writer Carmen Rodríguez.

During the first hour of the event, the author will do a short reading and answer your questions. In the second, Carmen will facilitate a discussion.

Carol Shaben – Into the Abyss

Monday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal, and a Cop (non-fiction)

Larry Shaben, Carol Shaben’s father and the first Muslim cabinet minister in Canada, was one of the four survivors of a deadly commuter plane crash in northern Alberta in 1984. Twenty-eight years later, Carol published Into the Abyss, a riveting account of the aftermath of the crash and a compassionate examination of lives changed forever.

Shaena Lambert – Radiance (a novel)

Monday, May 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Keiko, a survivor of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima and left her with disfiguring radiation scars, is chosen from hundreds of young women to receive plastic surgery in the United States. Radiance does not only tell Keiko’s story, but also Daisy’s, her “house mother,” while exposing the tensions and contradictions that riddled that country during the 1950s.

Duncan McCue – The Shoe Boy (memoir)

Monday, June 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In this coming-of-age memoir, Duncan McCue, an urban Anishinaabe, tells the story of the five months he spent with a Cree family in a hunting cabin on James Bay at age seventeen. Funny and evocative, The Shoe Boy explores issues of identity, traditional Native lifestyles, and the connection of Indigenous peoples with the land, among others.

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Hope to see you at Historic Joy Kogawa House!