26
Friday
Apr
Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
8:30pm

Every Happy Family
with Cathy Marie Buchanan,
Saleema Nawaz
and Shyam Selvadurai

Hosted by Mark Medley
"A beautiful book - a heartbreaking portrait of vulnerability and a tribute to the power or sisterhood…. Lucky is the reader who gets swept up in these magical pages.
— Alison Pick on Cathy Marie Buchanan
Cathy Marie Buchanan - Photo courtesy of Ania Szado
Saleema Nawaz
Shyam Selvadurai - Photo courtesy of Kevin Kelly Photography

Three powerful narratives examine family ties and the ongoing search for home and belonging.    

 

Paris, 1878. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural and societal change, Cathy Marie Buchanan ’s acclaimed novel, The Painted Girls, is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.”   

 

Orphaned as teenagers, Beena and Sadhana have grown up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh uncle, who runs a bagel shop in Montreal's Hasidic community of Mile End. In Bone and Bread, Saleema Nawaz introduces us to an adult Beena grappling with a fresh grief: Sadhana has died suddenly and strangely, her body lying undiscovered for a week before anyone realizes what has happened.  

 

In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as "hungry ghosts"—spirits with stomach so large they can never be full—if they have desired too much during their lives. The Hungry Ghosts, Shyam Selvadurai’s sweeping new novel, explores how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart both a country and the human heart—not just once, but many times, until the ghosts are fed and freed. 

 

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