Book Club - Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin

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Book Club - Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin

The Harvard Club of Ottawa Book Club virtually welcomes Kim Echlin to speak about her new novel, Speak, Silence.

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The Harvard Club of Ottawa Book Club virtually welcomes Kim Echlin on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at 7:00pm to speak about her new novel, Speak, Silence. While framed in fiction, the carefully researched book details intimate stories from women who lived through the Bosnian war and its aftermath. From the point of view of a journalist, it tells stories of sexual violence that were bravely laid bare at the Hague, resulting in the declaration of rape as a war crime for the first time.

As the book jacket eloquently states, "In a heart-wrenching tale of suffering and loss and a beautiful illustration of power and love, Echlin explores what it means to speak out against the very people who would do anything to silence you."

Members are encouraged to purchase the novel in advance and review the resources below to join in the discussion, although this is not required. We'll hear from Kim about her research and writing and offer the opportunity for small group dialogue with the author.

More about Kim:

Kim’s other novels include Elephant Winter, Dagmar's Daughter, Inanna, Under the Visible Life and The Disappeared, which was translated into 20 languages, won the Barnes and Noble award and was short-listed for the Giller Prize.

Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin | Penguin Random House Canada is the winner of the 2021 Toronto Book Prize.

She has been a documentary-maker, editor and teacher, and has lived and travelled around the world.

She currently teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and for the Vermont College MFA program in Creative Writing.

Resources:

Kim has kindly shared some short films and articles in connection with her research and writing for us in advance:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ft8n8x1rsha1x2/AA%20Iain%20Reid%20Speak%20Silence%20VIDEO.mp4?dl=0 (12 minutes)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qxac1x9jv65bson/A%20Bakira%20Hasecic%20VIDEO%20from%20Sarajevo%20April%202021.mp4?dl=0 (3 minutes)

Essay on research https://lithub.com/when-fiction-bears-witness-to-a-crime-against-humanity/

We are honoured to have Kim join us in the virtual Harvard rocking chair to share her own story and amplify the voices of the women who inspired her novel.