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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Truth and Consequences

with Leah Mol and Fawn Parker
Hosted by nina jane drystek

Truth and Consequences

with Leah Mol and Fawn Parker
Hosted by nina jane drystek
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Fawn Parker - Photo by Alex Tran
Leah Mol - Photo by Matt Dunn

Join us for a conversation on agency and perception–on the gulf between self-awareness and the way others seek to define us–with two acclaimed novelists unafraid of uncomfortable questions.


All Katie wants is to be seen. So when she finds an online world where women aren't ashamed of what they want and consent doesn't feel like the grey area she's used to, she thinks she's finally in control. But as Katie becomes more and more enmeshed in this virtual playground, she begins to realize her newfound power may just be an illusion.  Sharp Edges by Leah Mol is the story of a girl lost in a grown-up world far darker than she could have imagined—searching for someone to guide her to a place where she can be sixteen again.


Hillary Greene’s father, once a celebrated author and public figure, is now losing his memory and, with it, his ability to write. As her father’s primary caretaker, she impulsively agrees to ghost-write a memoir spanning his career, and to release it in his name. Diving deep into her father’s past, and in turn her own, a horrifying truth begins to piece itself together. Set in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Fawn Parker’s  What We Both Know, long-listed for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize, confronts the personal and professional consequences—and potentially devastating fallout—of revealing the truth about a famous man.


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


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