Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:30pm

Family Ties

with Zalika Reid-Benta, Carol Rose GoldenEagle and Michael Crummey
Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal

Family Ties

with Zalika Reid-Benta, Carol Rose GoldenEagle and Michael Crummey
Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
27
Sunday
Oct
6:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
Michael Crummey - Photo by Mo Pho
Zalika Reid-Benta
For better or worse, what could be more central in our lives than family ties? Three of our country’s most acclaimed authors sit down with CBC’s Alan Neal for a taste of their new work and a conversation on how we are defined by familial relationships—especially in extreme situations.
 
A rich portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta explores how, in one moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn into something much darker. This Giller-nominated debut artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominately white society.
 
Bone Black, the latest novel from Carol Rose GoldenEagle who won the Aboriginal Literature Award for Bearskin Diary, tackles the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women through the lens of Wren, whose twin sister, Raven, mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening at a local pub. As she follows media reports, Wren realizes that the heartbreak she’s feeling is shared by too many other families, indeed for whole Nations. Something within Wren snaps and she decides to take justice into her own hands.
 
A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline in the Giller-nominated novel, The Innocents by Michael Crummey. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them alive. A riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.
 
Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs. 
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