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Madhur Anand & Ali Kazimi

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The Koffler's Books & Ideas Series presents the launch of Madhur Anand’s memoir, in conversation with Ali Kazimi

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The launch of Canadian poet and Professor of Ecology and Environmental Sciences Madhur Anand’s experimental memoir, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir in Halves, which traces the author’s family’s immigration and settlement in Canada, following the upheaval of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan into separate states. In this unique genre-bending work, Anand weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma to illuminate how the pasts we carry cast a shadow on our current lives.

In conversation with filmmaker, writer, visual artist and Associate Professor at York University Ali Kazimi, recipient of a 2019 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Madhur Anand's debut book of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada, 2015) was published to international acclaim ("in every measure a triumph", Publisher's Weekly starred review) and was listed by Canadian Broadcasting Agency as one of 10 all-time "trailblazing" poetry collections. The book was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. In 2015, CBC listed her as one of 12 "Writers to Watch". Her more recent award-winning poetry and prose has appeared in a number of magazines including The Puritan, Brick, Longreads.com, The New Quarterly, The Walrus and This. Her work won the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Fiction in 2017 and was a finalist for the Frontier Poetry Industry Prize in 2018. Anand has also published critical and scholarly work in ecopoetics and as a literary reviewer in The Literary Review of Canada and elsewhere. She edited the first anthology of contemporary ecological poetry, Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry (Scrivener Press) and currently serves as poetry editor for Canadian Notes and Queries, as Education Review Committee member of The Walrus, and on the Board of Directors for the Eden Mills Writers Festival. She is a professor at the University of Guelph where she was appointed the inaugural director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research.

ABOUT BOOKS & IDEAS

Koffler Centre of the Arts’ Books & Ideas series spotlights provocative writers, artists and thinkers, celebrating literary excellence and fostering critical dialogue through compelling book launches, author talks and on-stage interviews. With a thematic focus on counter-narratives, the series features books that employ fiction, memoir, and photography as tools of resistance.

The 2020 Books & Ideas series foreground authors and books that explore the complexities of gender, race, sexuality and the diasporic experience. Full details on upcoming 2020 series are coming soon.

Books & Ideas presented in partnership with Ben McNally Books. With generous support from Dorothy Shoichet & Family, the Estate of Joseph Koenig, the Koffler Family Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and CIBC Wood Gundy.

Books & Ideas Media Partner, the Toronto Star.

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