Sinister Sagas: Jon Arretxe & Marcie Rendon

Jon Arretxe, Marcie Rendon, Martha Bátiz and Celeste Bilbao-Joseph

Sinister Sagas: Jon Arretxe & Marcie Rendon

Jon Arretxe, Marcie Rendon, Martha Bátiz and Celeste Bilbao-Joseph

5:00pm

Saturday, June 4, 2022

This enlightening discussion between Basque author Jon Arretxe (The Touré Saga) and White Earth Nation citizen Marcie Rendon (Sinister Graves) proves that crime fiction can an effective genre to confront barriers to social justice and give space to diverse voices. Rendon presents Sinister Graves, the final installment of the Cash Blackbear series, where Cash, a 19-year-old Ojibwe woman, searches for the truth behind the disappearances of Native girls and their newborns. Arretxe’s Detective Touré is an illegal immigrant for whom it is a daily struggle to survive in a neighborhood that abounds with criminality, prostitution and the bad life of the poorest classes. The authors will speak to the significance of their work, and why their characters’ stories are more important to share now, than ever before.

Interviewer: Martha Batiz
English-Spanish Translator: Celeste Bilbao-Joseph

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 4 at 5pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from Etxepare Basque Institute.

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This enlightening discussion between Basque author Jon Arretxe (The Touré Saga) and White Earth Nation citizen Marcie Rendon (Sinister Graves) proves that crime fiction can an effective genre to confront barriers to social justice and give space to diverse voices. Rendon presents Sinister Graves, the final installment of the Cash Blackbear series, where Cash, a 19-year-old Ojibwe woman, searches for the truth behind the disappearances of Native girls and their newborns. Arretxe’s Detective Touré is an illegal immigrant for whom it is a daily struggle to survive in a neighborhood that abounds with criminality, prostitution and the bad life of the poorest classes. The authors will speak to the significance of their work, and why their characters’ stories are more important to share now, than ever before.

Interviewer: Martha Batiz
English-Spanish Translator: Celeste Bilbao-Joseph

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 4 at 5pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from Etxepare Basque Institute.

Basque Culture logo

Conversation

Featured Authors

From Basauri (Bizkaia) by birth and Arbizu (Navarre) by adoption, Jon Arretxe holds a doctorate in Basque Philology and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, and he has completed Piano and Vocal Studies at the Vitoria-Gasteiz and Bilbao conservatories. This successful multifaceted author has been a professional writer for a long time, yet he also offers talks about his travels and his books and he sings opera too, both in choirs and solo. His more than 30 books are made up mostly of travel accounts, children’s literature and detective fiction. In regard to this latter genre, he has to date published Xahmaran, Tangerko Ametsak and eight novels in the saga about the private investigator Toure. Jon Arretxe’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Etxepare Basque Institute.

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Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, a Pinckley Prize-winning author, playwright, poet, freelance writer and a community arts activist. Rendon was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award for 2020. She is a speaker on Native issues, leadership and writing. Her second novel in her Cash Blackbear Mystery series, Girl Gone Missing, was nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by Minneapolis AARP and Pollen in 2018. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Martha Bátiz is an award-winning writer, translator, and professor of Spanish language in literature. She is the author of four books, including the story collection Plaza Requiem, winner of an International Latino Book Award, and the novella The Wolf’s Mouth, winner of the Casa de Teatro Prize. Born and raised in Mexico City, she lives in Toronto.

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Celeste Bilbao-Joseph is a freelance Spanish Interpreter who works for multiple Interpreting Agencies in the GTA. She has been interpreting in medical, legal and community settings in Toronto for over a decade, performing consecutive, simultaneous and conference interpreting in multiple settings. Celeste specializes in Legal Interpretation and works for the Ministry of the Attorney General interpreting in many courthouses of Ontario. She also has a master’s in clinical psychology in her home country, Argentina, and has been a Mental Health Clinician for over 15 years in Canada, serving migrants and refugees from 22 Spanish-speaking countries. Her area of expertise is the intersection between migration, language, social justice and mental health.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

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