Watch: Conversations with Khahtsahlano: As We Knew Him

On Thursday, January 26 at 7pm, join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books and Vancouver Public Library for Conversations with Khahtsahlano: As We Knew Him. One of the most significant books on local history that’s been out of print for more than 60 years, Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932-1954, contains twenty-two years of conversations between Sḵwx̱uwú7mesh Chief X̱ats’alanexw, a.k.a. Chief…

Watch: Another Way to Split Water by Alycia Pirmohamed

Join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books and Birlinn Ltd for the launch of Alycia Pirmohamed’s debut collection, Another Way to Split Water. This lyrical exploration offers stories told and retold, how ancestral memory reforms and transforms and the imagined and reimagined. Joined by Isabella Wang, author of Pebble Swing (Nightwood Editions) and poet ALHS, the three will offer meditations and…

Watch: Strange Beasts & Good Citizens

Watch: Strange Beasts & Good Citizens

Massy Arts Society presents Rachel Rose, author of the Giller-longlisted story collection, The Octopus Has Three Hearts (Douglas & McIntyre), and Maria Reva, author of Good Citizens Need Not Fear (Knopf Canada), in conversation with Renée Sarojini Saklikar, author of Bramah and the Beggar Boy (Nightwood Editions), for a virtual event in celebration of their…

Watch: A Natural History of Transition

Watch: A Natural History of Transition

This co-presentation with Metonymy Press and Elliott Bay Book Company celebrates  of the launch of Callum Angus’ debut short story collection, A Natural History of Transition. The author is joined by special guests Hazel Jane Plante and Corinne Manning. A Natural History of Transition is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people…

Watch: The Colour of God Book Launch with Ayesha Chaudhry and Sarah Munawar

Watch: The Colour of God Book Launch with Ayesha Chaudhry and Sarah Munawar

Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice Ayesha S. Chaudhry in conversation with Sarah Munawar. They discuss writing in community, decentering whiteness in storytelling, embodiment, and more. About ‘The Colour of God’: This is the story of a child raised in Canada by parents who embraced a puritanical version of Islam to shield…

Watch: Peter Quartermain with Colin Browne, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Marjorie Perloff, and Fred Wah

Watch: Peter Quartermain with Colin Browne, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Marjorie Perloff, and Fred Wah

Peter Quartermain launches his long-awaited Growing Dumb: An Autobiography of an English Education (Zat-So Productions 2021) with readings by friends Colin Browne, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Marjorie Perloff, Fred Wah and hosted by Erín Moure. Come hear extracts from this wonderful work! ABOUT THE BOOK Beloved writer Peter Quartermain is one of Canada’s best-kept literary secrets. He has…

Watch: Satellite Love with Genki Ferguson and Kevin Chong

Watch: Satellite Love with Genki Ferguson and Kevin Chong

Set in 1999 Japan, Satellite Love is a heartbreaking and beautifully unconventional debut novel about a girl, a boy, and a satellite–and a bittersweet meditation on loneliness, alienation, and what it means to be human.

In celebration of the launch of Satellite Love, author Genki Ferguson is in conversation with special guest Kevin Chong, author of The Plague, where they discuss relationships to technology, Japanese literature, process, and more.

Watch the event below. 

 

During this talk, Genki Ferguson discusses a number of authors important to his practice. Genki has shared the following notes with us:

Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize winner, writing in post-war Japan. Snow Country, a tale of doomed love, was a big influence in terms of the atmosphere for Satellite Love.
 
Natsume Soski, considered the first “modern” Japanese author. Kokoro, the story of a student and his teacher, is considered his masterpiece.
 
Osamu Dazai, a deeply troubled author, also post-war Japan. Composed his opus No Longer Human shortly before taking his own life. 
 
Mieko Kawakami, contemporary author who writes about tender family dynamics and the lives of the working class in Japan.
 
Sayaka Murata, another contemporary author, writes really weird, form breaking fiction. Definitely recommend her for people who like Satellite Love.
 
Yoko Ogawa, also contemporary, writes with elegant, distinct prose about connection, loss. Memory Police is fantastic.
 
And local author Eddy Boudel Tan! After Elias was phenomenal, and I’m really looking forward to The Rebellious Tide to be released in 2021.