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Inheritance with Kaie Kellough and Ian Williams In Conversation

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Join the conversation on community, history, belonging and the families we inherit and those we choose. Adrian Harewood talks with Kaie Kellough and Ian Williams, two authors acclaimed for both poetry and prose. Presented in partnership with the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, and Library and Archives Canada.

You can attend via Zoom (please register to receive the link) or by Facebook Live.

This event will also available in French translation: 

L’événement sera diffusé en direct sur YouTube. (En anglais avec un service d’interprétation simultanée en français.)

In Dominoes at the Crossroads Kaie Kellough maps an alternate nation—one populated by Caribbean Canadians who hopscotch across the country. The characters navigate race, class, and coming-of-age. Seeking opportunity, some of them fade into the world around them, even as their minds hitchhike, dream, and soar.

Ian Williams won last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for Reproduction, a novel that explores unconventional connections and insists that family isn’t a matter of blood. Beginning in a palliative care ward and ending in a cancer ward, Reproduction is the twenty-first-century proof of John Lennon’s famous claim that “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” It is the story of strangers from strange places who accidentally become forever entangled. His latest book, Word Problems, is a poetry collection.

We encourage our audiences to read widely, and shop (or borrow) locally. Please click on the author names to see the featured authors' books in the library catalogue: Kaie Kellough and Ian Williams. A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.