24
Monday
Oct
2011
Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
6:30pm

Living History:
East and West
in the 1800’s
with Amitav Ghosh
and Guy Vanderhaeghe

Hosted by Steven Hayward
"Guy Vanderhaeghe is one of North America’s best writers.
— Annie Proulx
Amitav Ghosh - Photo courtesy of Dayanita Singh
Guy Vanderhaeghe - Photo courtesy of Grant McConnell

Two remarkable writers reach back through time, transporting readers to the 1800’s and offering us a glimpse of where we came from. Amitav Ghosh and Guy Vanderhaeghe offer us the remarkable opportunity to feel the past as a living present, to inhabit history and to experience it.

 

In the Far East we have the opium wars, and the collision of English, Chinese and Indian lives. Where Amitav Ghosh ’s previous book, Sea of Poppies , brought us to India where opium was grown and prepared, his latest, River of Smoke , takes us into China, where that same opium is sold and consumed.

 

In the West, we have the Medicine Line, where Chief Sitting Bull’s Sioux are trapped between America and the Grandmother’s Land. With A Good Man , Guy Vanderhaeghe, winner of two Governor General's Awards, completes the loose trilogy that began with The Englishman's Boy and Canada Reads winner The Last Crossing

 

"Celebrating 75 Years of the Governor General's Literary Awards"

 

Amitav Ghosh appears with support from the Embassy of the United States of America

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