Modern Love, Betrayal & Ourselves: Shani Mootoo & Noor Naga

Shani Mootoo, Noor Naga and Jade Colbert

Modern Love, Betrayal & Ourselves: Shani Mootoo & Noor Naga

Shani Mootoo, Noor Naga and Jade Colbert

4:00pm

Saturday, October 31, 2020

45 mins

Can we ever truly know the people we love? Are we ever free from our pasts? These relationship questions and more are explored in Shani Mootoo’s latest novel, Polar Vortex, longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and RBC Bronwen Wallace Award winner Noor Naga’s bracing debut, Washes, Prays. Mootoo suggests that some secrets never die, when a couple’s move to the countryside fails to leave their pasts behind. Noor’s novel-in-verse chronicles the story of a young woman’s crisis of faith when she begins a romantic relationship with a married man. Join these authors to learn about their works and what knowing the people we love most can teach us about ourselves.

Interviewer: Jade Colbert

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Can we ever truly know the people we love? Are we ever free from our pasts? These relationship questions and more are explored in Shani Mootoo’s latest novel, Polar Vortex, longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and RBC Bronwen Wallace Award winner Noor Naga’s bracing debut, Washes, Prays. Mootoo suggests that some secrets never die, when a couple’s move to the countryside fails to leave their pasts behind. Noor’s novel-in-verse chronicles the story of a young woman’s crisis of faith when she begins a romantic relationship with a married man. Join these authors to learn about their works and what knowing the people we love most can teach us about ourselves.

Interviewer: Jade Colbert

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Featured Authors

Shani Mootoo is a writer and visual artist. She was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad, and moved to Canada in her early twenties. She’s the author of two poetry books, The Predicament of Or, and her latest, Cane | Fire. She’s the author of several novels, including Polar Vortex, finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the acclaimed Cereus Blooms at Night, now a Penguin Modern Classic. Mootoo is the recipient of a Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Award and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Western University. She lives in Southern Ontario.

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Noor Naga is an Alexandrian writer who was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto and now lives in Cairo. Her verse-novel Washes, Prays is out with McClelland & Stewart. She is the winner of the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award, the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada Award, the 2019 Disquiet Fiction Prize and the 2019 Graywolf Press Africa Prize. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Fall 2021.

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Jade Colbert is a freelance editor and journalist. Since 2013, she has reviewed books for the Globe and Mail, with a particular focus on works from Canada’s independent presses and LGBT2Q authors. She lives in Toronto.  

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4:00pm

Saturday, October 31, 2020

45 mins

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