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When My Ghost Sings by Tara Sidhoo Fraser

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

On Wed. October 4th at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books and Arsenal Pulp Press for the launch of Tara Sidhoo Fraser’s When My Ghost Sings: A Memoir of Stroke, Recovery, and Transformation.

Come and absorb Tara Sidhoo Fraser’s lucid exploration of amnesia, selfhood, and who is left behind when the past is obliterated. Tara will be joined by host Lanika Yule.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/when-my-ghost-sings-by-tara-sidhoo-fraser-tickets-706278176037

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site. Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the book:

When My Ghost Sings: A Memoir of Stroke, Recovery, and Transformation(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2023)

Tara Sidhoo Fraser is thirty-two years old when a rare mutation in her brain causes a stroke, and she awakens after surgery with no memory of her previous life. Through a haze of amnesia, memories do begin to surface, but they are seen through someone else’s eyes—the person whose body she stole, whom she calls Ghost.

Fighting to stabilize her existence, Tara struggles with the gulf between who she was and who she is now while constantly battling and paying penance to Ghost—whose voice becomes stronger, and memories buried in the body they now share of hospital visits, old desires, and her ex threaten Tara’s new relationship.

She burrows deeper into the mystery of who she once was, recognizing the need to fuse herself and Ghost into one. When My Ghost Sings is a lyrical memoir of healing, a farewell letter, and a reclamation of selfhood.

About the author:

Tara Sidhoo Fraser (she/her) is a queer writer and creator who lives on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). A woman of South Asian and Scottish ancestry, she is split between family histories. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Anthropology in 2016 and has since published stories with Autostraddle and Anathema magazine. Her first book, When My Ghost Sings: A Memoir of Stroke, Recovery, and Transformation, is a love story centred in selfhood and who is left behind when the past is obliterated. tarasidhoofraser.com

About the host:

Lanika (Lah-NEE-kah) is a tender-hearted scribe who lives in the valley of the Stó:lō, on the sunny side of the street. Their poem “Mikveh” will be in the Federation of BC Writers 2022 Literary Contest Anthology. You can find her many squishy feelings at Lanika.ca

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.


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