Woman of the World: Scholastique Mukasonga & Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Scholastique Mukasonga, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Whitney French

Woman of the World: Scholastique Mukasonga & Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Scholastique Mukasonga, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Whitney French

3:30pm

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Join us for a fascinating discussion between extraordinary storytellers Scholastique Mukasonga and Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia. Exploring issues of gender inequality, classism and grief in their books, the authors will provide a look into the lives of several women in Nigeria and Rwanda, in this presentation of their latest books. Mukasonga’s autobiographical collection of stories, Igifu (translated to English by Jordan Stump), summons phantom memories of Rwanda and confronts the atrocities of its 1994 genocide through the lens of an observant survivor. Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut novel, The Son of the House, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and follows how the lives of two very different Nigerian women intersect when they’re kidnapped, held captive, and forced to await their fate together.

English-French interpreter: Melanie Mauthner.

This event is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada. Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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Join us for a fascinating discussion between extraordinary storytellers Scholastique Mukasonga and Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia. Exploring issues of gender inequality, classism and grief in their books, the authors will provide a look into the lives of several women in Nigeria and Rwanda, in this presentation of their latest books. Mukasonga’s autobiographical collection of stories, Igifu (translated to English by Jordan Stump), summons phantom memories of Rwanda and confronts the atrocities of its 1994 genocide through the lens of an observant survivor. Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut novel, The Son of the House, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and follows how the lives of two very different Nigerian women intersect when they’re kidnapped, held captive, and forced to await their fate together.

English-French interpreter: Melanie Mauthner.

This event is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada. Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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Scholastique Mukasonga was born in Rwanda. Her work has been widely acclaimed by critics, including; La femme aux pieds nus, which won the Prix Seligmann 2008, L'Iguifou, Prix Renaissance de la nouvelle 2011 and Prix Paul Bourdarie 2011; Notre-Dame du Nil, which won the Prix Renaudot 2012 and was adapted to film in 2020; and Ce que murmurent les collines, which won the Grand Prix SGDL de la nouvelle 2015. She received the Bernheim Prize from the Foundation of French Judaism in 2015 for her body of work. Scholastique Mukasonga’s Festival appearance is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada.

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Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia is a lawyer, academic, and writer. She holds a doctorate in law from Dalhousie University and works in the areas of health, gender and violence against women and children. Cheluchi divides her time between Lagos, Nigeria and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Whitney French is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and publisher. She edited the anthology Black Writers Matter a collection of creative nonfiction, the winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing 2020. Having worked as both a developmental and acquisitions editor, French is now the cofounder and publisher of Hush Harbour, the only Black queer feminist press in Canada. Whitney French is a certified arts-educator. Currently, she lives in Toronto.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

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