Join the conversation on community, history, belonging and the families we inherit and those we choose. Adrian Harewood talks with Kaie Kellough and Ian Williams, two authors acclaimed for both poetry and prose. Presented in partnership with the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.
- Monday, September 21, 2020
- 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The event will be broadcast live on Library and Archives Canada’s YouTube channel.
Presentation in English with simultaneous French translation.
In Dominoes at the Crossroads Kaie Kellough maps an alternate nation—one populated by Caribbean Canadians who hopscotch across the country. The characters navigate race, class, and coming-of-age. Seeking opportunity, some of them fade into the world around them, even as their minds hitchhike, dream, and soar.
Ian Williams won last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for Reproduction, a novel that explores unconventional connections and insists that family isn’t a matter of blood. Beginning in a palliative care ward and ending in a cancer ward, Reproduction is the twenty-first-century proof of John Lennon’s famous claim that “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” It is the story of strangers from strange places who accidentally become forever entangled. His latest book, Word Problems, is a poetry collection.
Kaie Kellough is a novelist, sound performer, and poet. His poetry collection Magnetic Equator won the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize and his novel Accordéon (2016) was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. His most recent collection of short stories is Dominoes at the Crossroads (2020) published by Véhicule Press. His work migrates between poetry and fiction, between Canada and the Caribbean, and between text and sound. He lives in Montreal.