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Stages and Pages: How Black Mothers Say I Love You

The Ottawa Public Library is pleased to again offer Stages and Pages in partnership with Great Canadian Theatre Company; the GCTC hosts the plays, while the library provides reading suggestions that allow patrons to more fully explore the topics and ideas therein.

How Black Mothers Say I Love You revolves around Daphne, a Jamaican mother who left her young two daughters to be raised by their grandmother for six years while she made a life for them in New York. As Daphne nears the end of her life, she and her daughters struggle to find mutual love, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

See it at the GCTC from March 6th to 25th, 2018.

These works delve into the multifaceted topics of race and belonging : https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/list/share/292280177_katherine_biblioli... 

GCTC 2017-2018: How Black Mothers Say I Love You by Katherine_BiblioLibrary

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of How Black Mothers Say I Love You, which opens at the GCTC on March 6th, 2018.

  • Image: Here Comes the Sun

    Here Comes the Sun

    A Novel
    By Dennis-Benn, Nicole
    Written in tune with the rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, the author transports us to Montego Bay where hotel worker Margot is determined to send her younger sister to school. Their stories contain lessons about Jamaica, poverty, racism, homophobia against women, and the underside of the tourist trade.
  • Image: Americanah

    Americanah

    By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
    An empathetic and absorbing novel which follows an immigrant from her first love in Nigeria to her new life in America. The rich prose contains insights about race and stereotypes.
  • Image: Before You Suffocate your Own Fool Self
    A debut collection of short stories which explores the experience of being a young person of colour in modern America.
  • Image: What We Lose

    What We Lose

    A Novel
    By Clemmons, Zinzi
    As the American-born child of a South African immigrant, Thandi feels like an outsider wherever she goes. This pensive and emotional novel meditates on belonging, race, and the loss of a parent.
  • Image: The Heart Does Not Bend

    The Heart Does Not Bend

    A Novel
    By Silvera, Makeda
    Family loyalty, betrayal and the redemptive power of love are at the heart of this poignant and unforgettable novel set in Canada and Jamaica. It is a vivid and heartfelt portrayal of an indomitable matriarch and the women who must free themselves from her.
  • Image: The Cancer Journals
    Audre Lorde was a poet, feminist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. This book mixes journal entries with prose to reflect on her experience with breast cancer.
  • Image: Boundaries

    Boundaries

    By Nunez, Elizabeth
    Anna, a Caribbean-born publisher in New York, is torn between her desire to assimilate and her strong sense of belonging to her native island. When she brings her mother to the United States for cancer treatment she finds herself involved in an unexpected romantic relationship.
  • Image: God Help the Child

    God Help the Child

    [a Novel]
    By Morrison, Toni
    Childhood trauma forms the adult experiences of the woman at the centre of this novel. The story revolves around her desperate desire to be loved by her mother, the choices she makes, and her capacity to rise above her own mistakes.
  • Image: Dirty River

    Dirty River

    A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home
    By Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi
    This passionate and honest memoir shows us how a disabled queer woman of colour found her way through the “dirty river” of her past.
  • Image: Black Girl Dangerous

    Black Girl Dangerous

    On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender
    By McKenzie, Mia
    An accessible and compelling series of essays which delve into the experience of being multiply-marginalized. Smart, concise, and current.
Originally published
02/03/2018