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

The Wonder Years

with Carrianne Leung, Robert Everett-Green and Kerri Sakamoto
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas

The Wonder Years

with Carrianne Leung, Robert Everett-Green and Kerri Sakamoto
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
28
Saturday
Apr
2018
6:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Carrianne Leung
Kerri Sakamoto - Photo by Daniel Tisch
Robert Everett-Green

Join us for a look at three stories set in distinct eras of Canadian History that showcase the transition from childhood into the wider world. Short readings will be followed by an on-stage conversation between all three featured authors and acclaimed writer Rhonda Douglas.

 

The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth—new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone’s dreams come true. Moving from house to house, That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age in this shifting world. Through June and her neighbours, Leung depicts the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life, and examines how difficult it is to be true to ourselves at any age.

 

In a Wide Country is the moving story of a mother and son traveling together, but in different directions, across western Canada in the summer of 1961. It's about two people living in a web of stories, spun from their experiences but also from things they've heard, imagined, or misunderstood. This debut novel by Robert Everett-Green, is about growing up along the soft border between truth and illusion, and a boy's awakening from a childhood ruled by stories more satisfying than true.

 

Floating City by Kerri Sakamoto is Citizen Kane reimagined, a novel about ambition and the relentless desire to belong. Frankie Hanesaka grows up in a floating house in the harbour of Port Alberni, BC. But when the war comes, and Frankie finds himself in a mountain internment camp, his small dreams of success are dashed by the great tides of history. After the war, he tries his luck in Toronto, where possibility awaits in the form of a patron who teaches him how to turn effort into money, and a starry-eyed architect who teaches Frankie something harder to come by: the ability to dream big.

 

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

 

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