GGBooks Finalists in Conversation: Writing the Self, with Ivan Coyote & Larry Audlaluk

Larry Audlaluk, Ivan Coyote and Robert Wiersema

GGBooks Finalists in Conversation: Writing the Self, with Ivan Coyote & Larry Audlaluk

Larry Audlaluk, Ivan Coyote and Robert Wiersema

4:00pm

Monday, November 15, 2021

Governor General’s Literary Award finalists Larry Audlaluk and Ivan Coyote discuss their acclaimed new memoirs with Robert Wiersema, exploring the process of writing oneself and sharing memories. Grise Fiord community leader Audlaluk shares the journey of his family’s relocation to the high arctic, marked by illness, residential schooling and bad promises, in What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile. After decades of performing on the road and travelling the world, Coyote documents their life being grounded by the pandemic, through an exploration of cherished messages from readers and audience members that helped keep their energy alive, in Care Of.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo       GG Books & Canada Council for the Arts logo

Conversation

Governor General’s Literary Award finalists Larry Audlaluk and Ivan Coyote discuss their acclaimed new memoirs with Robert Wiersema, exploring the process of writing oneself and sharing memories. Grise Fiord community leader Audlaluk shares the journey of his family’s relocation to the high arctic, marked by illness, residential schooling and bad promises, in What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile. After decades of performing on the road and travelling the world, Coyote documents their life being grounded by the pandemic, through an exploration of cherished messages from readers and audience members that helped keep their energy alive, in Care Of.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo       GG Books & Canada Council for the Arts logo

Conversation

Featured Authors

Larry Audlaluk was born in Uugaqsiuvik, a small camp west of Inujjuak in northern Quebec. He was relocated to the High Arctic with his family when he was almost three years old. Larry was inducted into the Order of Canada for his years working as an ambassador for the people of Grise Fiord, Canada’s northernmost civilian settlement, and is the community’s longest-living resident.

Read more about Larry Audlaluk

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller who was born and raised in Yukon, Canada. In 2019, Coyote marked 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and released their 12th book, Rebent Sinner. Coyote’s stories grapple with complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart and a quick wit. Coyote’s stories handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Read more about Ivan Coyote

Robert J. Wiersema is the bestselling author of Before I Wake, Bedtime Story, and four other books. One of Canada’s foremost writers on books, his reviews appear regularly in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire and other publications, and his Beyond the Bestseller column is featured biweekly on CBC Radio. Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, a couple of hours outside of Vancouver, Wiersema now lives in Victoria, BC. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University and teaches his own private writing program.

Read more about Robert Wiersema

4:00pm

Monday, November 15, 2021

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