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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Running in the Family

with Jamie Chai Yun Liew, Tanis Rideout and Tsering Yangzom Lama
Hosted by Denise Chong

Running in the Family

with Jamie Chai Yun Liew, Tanis Rideout and Tsering Yangzom Lama
Hosted by Denise Chong
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Tanis Rideout - Photo by Erin Simkin
Tsering Yangzom Lama - Photo by Paige Critcher

Join our host, Denise Chong, for an exploration of family, community and belonging inspired by three remarkable novels that spotlight the intimate reality of colonial history.


When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua. Dandelion  by Jamie Chai Yun Liew is a novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness.


Inspired by real events, The Sea Between Two Shores by Tanis Rideout, immerses us in the lives of two families connected as much by their desire for healing as by the actions of their ancestors. In the early 1800s, a Nova Scotian couple arrives on the shores of an island in the Oceanic archipelago to convert the local Indigenous peoples. Two hundred years later the Stewarts are a family locked in mourning after the accidental drowning of their youngest son when they receive an unexpected call from the island of Iparei inviting them to participate in a reconciliation ceremony for their respective ancestors.


We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies , Tsering Yangzom Lama’s Giller Prize Long-listed debut, is meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we'll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. It recounts a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to forge new lives of dignity, love, and hope.


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  


Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.


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Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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