Year-Round Events 2009


February 9 - 17: Carleton University's Darwin Week

 

 

 

 

 

  • Darwin Week at Carleton University

    February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and 2009 the 150th anniversary of publication of The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Carleton University will present a series of public lectures during the week of February 12, celebrating the impact and legacy of Charles Darwin on western thought and culture. Speakers include Daniel Dennett, Michael Summerfield, David Livingstone, Charles Krebs, Patricia Adair Gowaty, and Peter and Rosemary Grant. Visit the website for more information and lecture times.



thursDAY, february 19

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 


FRIDAY, february 20: Celebrate Black History Month

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • WAR CHILD: Emmanuel Jal
    Tickets: $15/$10 Student or Senior (good for both events)
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    Emmanuel Jal was seven years old when he was recruited as a child soldier in his native Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker at 13, he began recovery, and started singing to ease the pain of what had happened.

    He has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop and its message of peace and reconciliation. His book War Child, released this year, tells his harrowing story of survival and raises awareness of the continuing plight of child soldiers across Africa.

    Emmanuel Jal's website is here.

    He talks (briefly) about his experience here.

    One on One (Al Jazeera English) ran an interview with Jal:
    Part One
    Part Two


8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • I & I: George Elliot Clarke
    Tickets: $15/$10 Student or Senior (good for both events)
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    George Elliot Clarke returns to Ottawa! George is an award-winning poet, playwright, and screenwriter. The author of six books of poetry, George won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2001 for Execution Poems. A seventh-generation African-Canadian, he was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains. Previously an assistant professor of English and Canadian Studies at Duke University, George also served as the Seagrams Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University. He lives in Toronto where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is also proud to own land in Three Mile Plains.


tuesday, april 14

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • NOT YET: Wayson Choy's Memoir of Living,
    and Almost Dying
    Tickets: $15/$10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    Framed by Wayson Choy’s two brushes with death, Not Yet is an intimate and insightful study of one man’s reasons for living. In 2001, Choy suffered a combined asthma-heart attack. As he lay in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, his days punctuated by the beeps of the machines that were keeping him alive, Choy heard the voices of his ancestors warning him that without a wife, he would one day die alone. And yet through his ordeal Choy was never alone; men and women, young and old, from all cultures and ethnicities stayed by Choy’s side until he was well. When his heart failed him a second time, four years later, it was the strength of his bonds with these people, forged through countless acts of kindness, that pulled Choy back to his life.

    Not Yet is a passionate, sensitive, and beautiful exploration of the importance of family, which in Choy’s case is constituted not through blood but through love. It is also a quiet manifesto for embracing life, not blind to our mortality, but knowing how lucky we are for each day that comes. Like Calvin Trillin’s Ask Alice and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Wayson Choy’s Not Yet tells a unique but universal story of the importance of human relationships to our very survival.


Friday, April 17

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WINTER VAULT: Anne Michaels
    A Free Event

    Anne Michaels’s first work of fiction in more than a decade, The Winter Vault is a stunning, richly layered, and timeless novel that is everything we could hope for for Michaels’s second novel — and more. Set in Canada and Egypt, and with flashbacks to England and Poland after the war, The Winter Vault is a spellbinding love story that juxtaposes momentous historical events with the most intimate moments of individual lives.

    Breathtaking, vivid in its exploration of both the physical and emotional worlds of its characters, intensely moving and lyrical, The Winter Vault is a radiant work of fiction and contains all the elements for which Anne Michaels is celebrated.


Monday, may 11

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE
    With Zoe Heller, Kamila Shamsie and Ha Jin




sunDAY, may 31

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS
    with Eduardo Galeano
    Hosted by translator Mark Fried


    Tickets: $15 / $10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    "There is a mysterious power in Galeano's storytelling. He uses his craft to invade the privacy of the reader's mind, to persuade him or her to read and to continue reading to the very end, to surrender to the charm of his writing and the power of his idealism." —Isabel Allende

    Acclaimed Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano is the author of The Open Veins of Latin America, which Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave to President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad. His latest in English translation by Mark Fried is Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone.


MONDAY, august 17

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • WINDS OF DUNE:
    Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson


    Tickets: $15 / $10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    Join Brian Herbert, son of the original author Frank Herbert, and co-author Kevin J. Anderson, for a return to the groundbreaking universe of Dune. With their usual skill, Herbert and Anderson have taken ideas left behind by Frank Herbert and filled them with living characters and a true sense of wonder. Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah.

    “This satisfying tale from Herbert’s son and Anderson follows Jessica, the mother of galactic emperor Paul Atreides. . . . Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert’s style.” -- Publishers Weekly

    The reading will also feature an appearance by the 501st Legion, an international organization of costuming Star Wars fans.



thursDAY, September 17

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS:
    One on One with Nick Cave


    Tickets: $20 / $15 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students


    Put Cormac Mccarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse, and they might just come up with Bunny Munro…. this novel [is] the work of one of the great cross-genre storytellers
    of our age.”

    — IRVINE WELSH

    Twenty years after the publication of his first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, Nick Cave brings us The Death Of Bunny Munro (HarperCollins Canada, September 19, 2009), the story of a salesman in search of a soul.

    Set adrift by his wife’s suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto with his son, Bunny Jr., in tow. When their bizarre road trip shades into a final reckoning, and when England’s small towns seem to become stopping points in a strange, mythical landscape, Bunny realizes that the revenants of his world—decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands and horned psycho-killers—lurk in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll.

    At turns dark and humane—and with all the mystery and enigma fans will recognize as Cave’s singular vision—The Death of Bunny Munro questions the nature of sin and redemption, and lays bare the imprints that fathers leave on their sons.


tuesDAY, September 22

7:00 PM

 

  • GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS:
    The Year of the Flood with Margaret Atwood


    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

    The Canadian Premiere of an innovative multi-disciplinary literary event directed by Janet Irwin. Featuring the iconic author as narrator, Mary Ellis as Toby, Todd Duckworth as Adam One and Kate Smith as Ren. Songs of the Gardeners performed by the Calixa Lavallee Ensemble and conducted by Mark Wilkinson.


MonDAY, September 28

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • LITTLE BROTHER: ONE ON ONE WITH CORY DOCTOROW
    Hosted by Kate Heartfield

    Tickets: $15 /$10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    Marcus (AKA w1n5t0n) is taking back the world, one hacked game console at a time ... Have you ever felt like the technology you love could be used against you? Or that the government is watching you .. a little too closely? Have you ever felt like you just had to skip school? Do you hate bullies? Have you ever felt the call to fight back- and that the fight was waaaay bigger than just you?

    Join Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother, for a look at what could happen when security and individual freedom clash, and how one tech-savvy teenager fights back.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GREEN METROPOLIS With David Owen

    Tickets: $15 /$10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    David Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker whose interests include global ecology, has examined numerous communities across America and discovered one that strikes him as a model of environmental efficiency. That community is New York City, and in Green Metropolis, Owen discusses what green-conscious citizens can learn from Gotham’s example. This promises to be a hugely important event for all of us who want to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

wednesday, october 14

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • KAREN ARMSTRONG: THE CASE FOR GOD

    Tickets: $15 /$10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times.

8:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • ONE ON ONE WITH TIM FLANNERY

    Tickets: $15 / $10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students

    "What is our purpose as a species? How does the Earth work?"

    Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Tim’s books include the definitive ecological histories of Australia (The Future Eaters) and North America (The Eternal Frontier). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. As a field zoologist he has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals (including two tree-kangaroos) and at 34 he was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research. His pioneering work in New Guinea prompted Sir David Attenborough to put him in the league of the world’s great explorers and the writer Redmond O’Hanlon to remark, “He’s discovered more new species than Charles Darwin.”

 

 

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