On Sunday, January 26, 2 to 4pm, please join writer-in-residence Michael Mirolla for literary readings by novelists Amanda Hale, Janice Lynn Mather, Suzanne Chiasson, Michael Springate, Sabina Khan, and Marina Sonkina. Michael Mirolla will also read from a novel in progress while in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House.

Amanda Hale has published three novels, two collections of linked fictions set in the Cuban town of Baracoa, and two poetry chapbooks. Her most recent novel, Mad Hatter, follows Christopher Brooke from pacifism into delusional extremism during the Second World War.

In Janice Lynn Mather‘s critically acclaimed debut novel, Learning to Breathe, finalist for both the Governor General Literary Award and a BC Book Prize, sixteen-year-old Indy struggles to conceal her pregnancy while searching for a place.

Suzanne Chiasson is a novelist, poet, and playwright. In Tacet, her first novel, a reclusive singer falls silent and then works to reclaim her voice and autonomy. Someone’s silence does not mean that they cannot be heard.

Michael Springate‘s most recent novel, The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God, follows the story of Mahfouz and Elena, who must separately come to terms with their historical situation and forces they struggle to understand.

Sabina Khan is the author of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association White Pine Award, Fiction, and commended as a Best Books for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2019.

Marina Sonkina has published two collections of short stories, a graphic novel, and two children’s books. Short stories in her collection Expulsion & Other Stories are set in post-Stalinist Russia, where young girls and women learn to play by the rules – or pay the price of expulsion.

Please join these excellent novelists for an afternoon of readings and conversation.

Admission by donation (suggested $10, no one turned away)

Space is limited; email your RSVP to info@kogawahouse.com