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Wordfest presents GRANTA 141: Canada

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Featuring conversations and readings from Madeleine Thien, Alex Leslie, Lisa Moore & Anakana Schofield. Includes an audience Q&A. 75 minutes, followed by a book signing. Hosted by Zsuzsi Gartner.

Join Wordfest, The Banff Centre’s Literary Arts program, and the Calgary Public Library for the launch of a special issue of Granta, celebrating the diversity of social, political and literary life in Canada. Granta 141 is edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien.

This special issue unravels the idea of Canada, a young nation settled on land that carries 14,000 years of Indigenous history. From its global cities to the Arctic Circle, from the ongoing story of Indigenous civil rights movements to the state of languages under pressure, the writers in Granta 141 upend the ways we imagine land, reconciliation, truth, and belonging, revealing the histories of a nation's future.

One hundred and fifty years after its confederation, Canada, spanning six time zones and a vast geography dramatically impacted by climate change, is embarking on a charged conversation to uncover what has been, and what begins.

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, and three novels, Certainty; Dogs at the Perimeter, and Do Not Say We Have Nothing, about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations. Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2016 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and longlisted for a Carnegie Medal. Her books and stories are published in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and have been translated into 25 languages.

Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie is the author of the chapbook, 20 Objects for the New World, a collection of stories, People Who Disappear, and two collections of poetry, The things I heard about you and Vancouver for Beginners.

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written two collections of stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February and Caught, as well as a stage play. She will publish a new collection of stories in 2018.

Anakana Schofield

Anakana Schofield’s debut novel Malarky won the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Martin John, was shortlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize. In Granta 141, ‘Bina’ is an excerpt from a forthcoming novel.

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