Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Worlds Within Words
with Peter Norman,
Alena Graedon
and Ghalib Islam

Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
"The 1001 Nights of its time - rooms opening into rooms, stories into stories, in the same literary mansion as Calvino, Burroughs, and other metafabulist satirists: horrifying, funny written in a language all its own
— Margaret Atwood on Fire in the Unnameable Country
Alena Graedon - Photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan
Ghalib Islam
Peter Norman

Three remarkable stories explore the nature of human life and the nature of language itself. 


Emberton is a literary gothic novel for lovers of books and language who appreciate a dash of humour. From satire of a doldrum workplace to horror-tinged mystery, Peter Norman’s debut brings us to a world in which it is dangerous to be curious and the fate of human language itself at stake.


The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon is at once a technological thriller, and a thoughtful meditation on the dangers of the digital age and the power of the printed word set in a not so distant future where bookstores, libraries and newspapers are a thing of the past, and handheld devices called Memes keep us in constant communication and are intuitive enough to hail us cabs before we leave our offices or order take out at the first growl of a hungry stomach. 


The universe is shaking as Hedayat, the "glossolalist" narrator of Ghalib Islam’s Fire in the Unnameable Country is born on a flying carpet in the skies above an obscure land whose leader has manufactured the ability to hear every unspoken utterance of the nation. Islam's ingenious construction sends the plot twisting down rabbit holes and caterwauling through secret doorways to emerge anywhere from a domestic living room to a bomb technician's workshop to the deep recesses of the state's repressive political apparatus.


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