Join me at the Vancouver International Writers Festival 2009

Vancouver International Writers Festival 2009

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers’ Festival
Saturday, October 24, 2009
True North
Robert Arthur Alexie | Cathleen With | Host: Joseph Boyden
2 – 3:30 pm | PTC Studio

In the 1990s, Robert Arthur Alexie was Chief of the Teetl’it Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories. Cathleen With served as a teacher in Inuvik. Those memories and, in the case of Alexie, personal heritage serve as catalysts for two compelling novels that paint dark and realistic portraits of damaged people in Canada’s North. With admits “that this was sometimes difficult to write…and there are people trying their damndest to change the cycle of abuse and addiction.” Tough, realistic but with a glimmer of redemption, these are novels—and novelists—to whom we should pay attention. Celebrated Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden brings his understanding and passion for the native experience in Canada to this discussion.

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