Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Another Word
for Nothing Left
with Padma Viswanathan,
Ondjaki and Nadia Bozak

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood
"Ondjaki does not simply lay a story on the page. More than that: he creates a story for our own lives.
— Mia Couto, winner of the Neustadt Prize for Literature
Nadia Bozak - Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnston
Ondjaki - Photo courtesy of Nuno Elias Gray
Padma Viswanathan

We close with three acclaimed narratives that delve into lives overshadowed by political unrest and uncover the real human costs that underlie headline news. In a world with so little control over our circumstances can individual freedom even exist, or is that Joplin song right: is it just another word for nothing left to lose?


From internationally acclaimed New Face of Fiction author Padma Viswanathan , The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is set among families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing, registering the unexpected reverberations of this tragedy in the lives of its survivors. A book of post-9/11 Canada, imagines the lasting emotional and political consequences of a real-life act of terror, confronting what we might learn to live with and what we can live without.


By the beaches of Luanda, the Russians are building a grand mausoleum to honor the remains of the Comrade President. Can the children of Luanda steal the Russians' dynamite, decipher Comrade Gudafterov's letter, and save their homes? Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret is a charming coming of age novel from Angola’s Ondjaki, winner of the José Saramago Literary Prize.


Nadia Bozak ’s El Niño tracks the survival of one woman and a young, undocumented migrant as they journey through the no-man’s-land of a remote southwestern desert. Honey hasn’t seen her mother, Marianne, in more than two years. Alone in an unforgiving environment populated with hostile locals, she meets Chávez, a young “coyote” or human trafficker, who convinces Honey he knows her mother’s whereabouts and agrees to take her there — for a price. 


Hosted by Adrian Harewood,  Host, CBC News Ottawa on CBC Television 

  Adrian Harewood is the co-host of CBC News Ottawa at 5, 5:30 & 6 and host of CBC News Ottawa Late Night at 11 on CBC Television.  Adrian made the leap to television from radio in the fall of 2009.  Before that he spent three years as the host of Ottawa’s number one drive-home show, All in a Day (which still airs weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.  on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM).  Adrian has a keen interest in getting to know his community and spends hundreds of hours every year at events in Ottawa and the surrounding area.


From the CBC Ottawa Archives:

Listen to Miriam Toews on All In A Day (2011)



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