The Performance Series

Tam Fam Lit Jam

Akil Kumarasamy, Nedra Rodrigo and Priya Guns

The Performance Series

Tam Fam Lit Jam

Akil Kumarasamy, Nedra Rodrigo and Priya Guns

8:30pm

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Lakeside Terrace

90 mins

Join exciting young Tamil authors Priya Guns and Akil Kumarasamy for an evening of readings and conversation with Nedra Rodrigo (aka “Evil Aunty”) at the Tam Fam Lit Jam. The conversation will be followed by a showcase of poetry, prose, dance and film featuring a range of vibrant emerging talent both local and global.

Conversation
Multilingual
Performance
Poetry
Reading

How to attend

$69.99

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

Join exciting young Tamil authors Priya Guns and Akil Kumarasamy for an evening of readings and conversation with Nedra Rodrigo (aka “Evil Aunty”) at the Tam Fam Lit Jam. The conversation will be followed by a showcase of poetry, prose, dance and film featuring a range of vibrant emerging talent both local and global.

Conversation
Multilingual
Performance
Poetry
Reading

Featured Authors

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the novel, Meet Us by the Roaring Sea (FSG, 2022), and the linked story collection, Half Gods, (FSG, 2018), which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, BOMB, among others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is an assistant professor in the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program.

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Nedra Rodrigo is the founder of the Tamil Studies Symposium at York University, and the bilingual event series, The Tam Fam Lit Jam. She is a translator, academic, curator of Multi-arts events and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Tamil Community Centre Project. Her published translations include: In the Shadow of the Sword (SAGE Yoda, 2020); His Sacred Army and A Time of Questions, Vols. 1 & 2 of the Devakanthan quintet Prison of Dreams (Mawenzi House 2021). Her essays have been published in Kalam, Briarpatch, C Magazine, Studies in Canadian Literature and Human Rights and the Arts: Essays on Global Asia; and her translations of poetry have appeared in Words and Worlds, Jaggery Lit, Still We Sing: Voices on Violence Against Women and Human Rights and the Arts in Global Asia.

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Priya Guns is a writer and actor from Scarborough, currently based in the UK. Her previous work has been published in Spring Magazine Canada, the Guardian and gal-dem. Before spending most of her time writing, Priya was a geography teacher and arts education organiser with experience in Sri Lanka, Palestine and Turkey. Your Driver is Waiting is her debut novel and has received praise from outlets such as The New York Times, LA Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone Magazine and the Toronto Star. Priya’s latest short story ‘G-Spots in Geology’ will be published in October through Somesuch Stories.

Read more about Priya Guns

8:30pm

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Lakeside Terrace

90 mins

How to attend

$69.99

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

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