Transformation, evolution, revolution; how do writers capture moments of change? This week's guests discuss two crucial and under-told moments in Montreal's history. A new nonfiction book brings forward diverse perspectives on the Sir George Williams Affair, the 1969 protest action by West Indian students fighting institutional discrimination. The students' occupation of the computer lab at what's now Concordia University ended with a fire that forced them from the building. Fire is also a force of change in a critically acclaimed book of short stories, one of which reimagines the life and status of Marie-Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman who was executed after being convicted of setting a fire that razed Old Montreal in 1734.
Guest(s) : Nalini Mohabir, Co-editor, The Fire That Time Rebecca Lloyd, Director, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore Piedad Saenz, Children Bookseller, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore Kaie Kellough, Author
Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec, Writers Unbound is a series of 6 thematic 28-minute episodes, hosted by Shelley Pomerance, featuring Montreal's English-language literature. Each episode will allow us to discover the careers of two local writers, one of whose works will be read by a citizen in the metropolis. The two writers will be invited to discuss in depth a particular literary theme and to share with us what touches them, what inspires them, what they find interesting in this universe. The program will end with the literary favourites of a bookseller!
The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (Association des éditeurs de langue anglaise du Québec) is a not-for-profit organization that advances the publication, distribution, and promotion of English-language books from Quebec. We support our member publishers through professional development seminars, advocacy, and marketing initiatives. http://aelaq.org/
Shelley Pomerance is a programmer with Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, writes the English Books column for Montréal Centre_ville magazine and is the host of a bilingual online poetry reading series. For over 20 years, she was a presence on CBC Radio as a host and arts reporter. She has also presented talks for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and for a number of Montreal festivals and libraries.