Deconstructing Identity: Danny Ramadan & SJ Sindu

Danny Ramadan, SJ Sindu and Niyosha Keyzad

Deconstructing Identity: Danny Ramadan & SJ Sindu

Danny Ramadan, SJ Sindu and Niyosha Keyzad

5:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Join Syrian-Canadian author Danny Ramadan and Sri Lankan-American author SJ Sindu for an enlightening conversation exploring how each of their new novels addresses the complex construction of identity through family, community and sexuality, and the cultural tensions that arise among them. In Ramadan’s The Foghorn Echoes, a blooming romance leads to a tragic, life-altering accident when Hussam’s father catches him acting on his feelings for his best friend, Wassim; the two are thrust into a decades-long struggle for peace and belonging as past heartbreak continues to reverberate. Sindhu’s Blue-Skinned Gods is a globe-spanning novel about faith, family and sexuality. From India to the underground rock scene of New York City, the novel spans continents and faiths, in an expansive and heartfelt look at the need for belief in our globally interconnected world.

Interviewed by Niyosha Keyzad.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Join Syrian-Canadian author Danny Ramadan and Sri Lankan-American author SJ Sindu for an enlightening conversation exploring how each of their new novels addresses the complex construction of identity through family, community and sexuality, and the cultural tensions that arise among them. In Ramadan’s The Foghorn Echoes, a blooming romance leads to a tragic, life-altering accident when Hussam’s father catches him acting on his feelings for his best friend, Wassim; the two are thrust into a decades-long struggle for peace and belonging as past heartbreak continues to reverberate. Sindhu’s Blue-Skinned Gods is a globe-spanning novel about faith, family and sexuality. From India to the underground rock scene of New York City, the novel spans continents and faiths, in an expansive and heartfelt look at the need for belief in our globally interconnected world.

Interviewed by Niyosha Keyzad.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Featured Authors

Danny Ramadan (he/him) is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, and advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award, longlisted for Canada Reads, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently lives in Vancouver with his husband.

Read more about Danny Ramadan

SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book; as well as the hybrid chapbooks I Once Met You But You Were Dead and Dominant Genes. Sindu holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. Sindu is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Read more about SJ Sindu

Niyosha Keyzad is a PhD candidate at the Department of English and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Her research focuses on diasporic Iranian life writing, literatures of exile and displacement, and theories of space and identity. 

Read more about Niyosha Keyzad

5:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022

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Blue-Skinned Gods by , The Foghorn Echoes by ,
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