Centretown United Church507 Bank St.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
with Madeleine Thien

Hosted by the CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
"With unflinching clarity, Thien examines the strange, frightening psychology of mass violence in this period and how countless lives were lost as a result. It falls to music, art and literature to salvage fleeting moments of beauty from the ruins of history, the lives of the dead.
— National Post
Madeleine Thien - Photo courtesy of Rawi Hage
Join us for an evening with Madeleine Thien, celebrating her remarkable new novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing –nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize.

Set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations–those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century.

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

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