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: 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. 

 

Massy Reads: On Interrogating the Colonial Frame

Massy Reads: On Interrogating the Colonial Frame

A Public Humanities Hub Conversation with UBC Authors Hannah Turner (School of Information) and David Gaertner (Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies). A book launch series co-hosted by UBC Public Humanities and Massy Arts Society. Co-sponsored with UBC Press. Speakers: Dr. Hannah Turner Assistant Professor, School of Information Dr. David Gaertner Assistant Professor, Institute for Critical…