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Stories about Canada with Jane Urquhart

Hosted by CBC's Sandra Abma

Stories about Canada with Jane Urquhart

Hosted by CBC's Sandra Abma
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Jane Urquhart
Join us for a compelling portrait of a completely original country called Canada. 

From one of our nation’s most beloved and iconic authors comes a lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada. Jane Urquhart chooses 50 Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation.

Each object is beautifully illustrated by the noted artist Scott McKowen, with Jane Urquhart conjuring and distilling meaning and magic from these unexpected facets of our history.

The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope, among an array of unexpected and intriguing objects.

Bringing the curiosity of the novelist and the eloquence of the poet to her task, Jane Urquhart composes a symphonic memory bank with objects that resonate with symbolic significance.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.
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