Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

with Sara Baume,
Sunil Yapa and
Joan Crate

Hosted by Sean Wilson
"Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is a stunningly orchestrated, symphonic work of narrative power.
— Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names
Joan Crate
Sara Baume
Sunil Yapa - Photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan

We welcome three amazing storytellers who tackle the limits of forgiveness and the power of empathy. Don’t miss an evening of storytelling that explores our fragile connections and the walls of intolerance and fear, and a conversation on the ways the stories we tell connect us to who we are.

Cork’s Sara Baume is the author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a captivating story, told over the course of four seasons, of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog, praised in The Irish Times for its "astonishing power with language [and its] touching and inspiriting sense  of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits.”

The son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Sunil Yapa is the author of the internationally praised debut, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. The New Yorker raved, calling it "Fast-paced and unflinching [it] vividly evokes rage and compassion.” In this raw and breathtaking novel, set during the 1999 WTO protest in Seattle, he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion.

Born in Yellowknife, North­west Territories, Joan Crate’s first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her latest, Black Apple, is a dramatic and lyrical coming-of-age novel about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies.


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

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