Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Manx Pub370 Elgin St.
5:00pm

Plan 99 Fiction

with Martha Bátiz, D. Nandi Odhiambo and Tamara Faith Berger
Hosted by David O'Meara

Plan 99 Fiction

with Martha Bátiz, D. Nandi Odhiambo and Tamara Faith Berger
Hosted by David O'Meara
27
Saturday
Oct
5:00pm
Manx Pub
370 Elgin St.
D. Nandi Odhiambo - Photo by Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo
Martha Bátiz - Photo by Emily Ding
Tamara Faith Berger - Photo by Yuula Benivolski

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Plan 99 Reading Series for an afternoon of readings by three acclaimed authors:

 

The tales in Plaza Requiem: Stories at the Edge of Ordinary Lives by Martha Bátiz are most often about the surge of vindication that women attain after a powerful exploration of their darkest moments.

 

Smells Like Stars by D. Nandi Odhiambo, draws attention to what is hidden in plain sight—that life can be cruel, ambiguous and without meaning.

 

In  Queen Solomon ,  the latest novel from Tamara Faith Berger , it's just another dull summer for our teenaged narrator–until Barbra arrives. An Ethiopian Jew, Barbra was moved to Israel at age five, a part of Operation Solomon, and now our narrator's well-intentioned father has brought her, as a teen, to their home for the summer. But Barbra isn't the docile and grateful orphan they expect, and soon our narrator, terrified of her and drawn to her in equal measure, finds himself immersed in her compulsive psychosexual games,  as she binge-drinks and lies to his family. Things go terribly wrong, and Barbra flees. But seven years later, as our narrator is getting his life back on track, with a new girlfriend and a master’s degree in Holocaust Studies underway, Barbra shows up once again, a strange man in tow, and our narrator finds his politics, and his sanity, back in question.

 

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

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