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Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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St. Andrew's Wesley United Church

1022 Nelson St.

Main entrance on Burrard St.

Vancouver, BC V6E 4S7


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Indian Summer Festival 2017

Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Presenting Partner: SFU Library

Sponsor: Creative BC

Indian Summer Festival, in association with the Vancouver Writer's Fest, are delighted to welcome Arundhati Roy back to Vancouver for the launch of her new book.

“In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and their magic.”

– Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

When Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, was published in 1997, it was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize, became an international bestseller, and is now considered a classic of modern literature. Roy returns to Vancouver with her richly moving second novel, written twenty years after the first.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness gives us a glorious cast of unforgettable characters, caught up in the tide of history, each in search of a place of safety. Its heroes, both present and departed, human as well as animal, have been broken by the world we live in, and then mended by love. And for this reason they will never surrender. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

Preorder your copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness through Indigo Books or purchase one at the event.

A book signing will follow this program.


6:00pm - Doors open

7:00pm - Event starts

8:30pm - Author available for book signing

Indian Summer gratefully acknowledges the support of Heritage Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver - Cultural Services.


Are there services fees on top of the ticket price?

For your convenience, our listed ticket prices include GST, service fees, and payment processing fees.

What is the accessibility of this event?

No one turned away for lack of funds. Please contact outreach@indiansummerfest.ca if ticket price is an obstacle.

Mobility Access: Wheelchair and scooter seating is available in the 14th row. When purchasing tickets please choose the "wheelchair seating" option for the person(s) using a wheelchair or scooter as well as up to one companion, who will be provided with a chair next to you. The front entrance has many stairs - the street-level entrance without stairs located on Nelson St. west of Burrard. All washrooms are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters. There is no designated wheelchair accessible parking, but there is street parking around the neighbourhood and a public parking lot opposite the venue on the South side.

ASL: There is ASL available for this show upon request - please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca to request ASL before Friday June 9th.

Low Vision: This is a low vision friendly show. The programming itself is auditory, and there will be projected live feed of the speakers to support people with low vision.

Bathrooms: There is one single stalled non-gendered bathroom, located at the front of the hall. The multi-stall bathrooms adjacent to the lobby will be gendered and trans-inclusive for this event.

Seat Design: Seats in St Andrew’s Wesley are church pews: long wooden benches that can accommodate a range of sizes. The seats are hard, with a limited amount of small cushions. We encourage you to bring a cushion if this is important for you.

Scent: Indian Summer Festival encourages guests to refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events, but this venue does not have a permanent scent-free policy in place.

If you have any questions, concerns, additions or corrections regarding this accessibility information please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are no age restrictions for this event. Attendees of any age require a ticket.

Is there reserved seating?

There are 2 ticket types for this event:

  • Guaranteed seating in the first 7 rows: $50
  • General admission: $30 / $25 for students with valid student ID. Contact info@indiansummerfest.ca for student discount.

Seating within each of the 'zones' is first-come first-served.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

While there may be some tickets available at the door, we recommend buying in advance as many events do sell out. The box office will open at 6:00pm the day-of the event and be located at the venue. Tickets at the door will range from $35 to $55 while supplies last, available for purchase by cash or credit card.

Will I be allowed in if I arrive late?

Latecomers will be permitted entry and seated by an usher at designated pauses in the show.

What is the refund policy for this event?

Refunds are not available for any Indian Summer Festival events.

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