TIFA Presents: In Good Company with Frances Itani
March 10 at 7:00pm
As we all continue to adapt to new ways of living amidst various stages of isolation and lockdown, many find ourselves yearning as strongly as ever for human connection. Join award-winning writer Frances Itani for a conversation with Susan G. Cole about celebrating the people in our lives, life’s surprises and finding meaningful connection from those who come into our lives, even in small ways. Itani is an Order of Canada recipient and three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, presenting her latest book The Company We Keep.
Interviewer: Susan G. Cole
On Tuesday nights in the backroom of Cassie’s café, six strangers seek solace and find themselves part of a “Company of Good Cheer.” Hazzley is at loose ends, even three years after the death of her husband. When her longtime friend Cassandra, café owner and occasional dance-class partner, suggests that she start up a conversation group, Hazzley posts a notice on the community board at the local grocery store. As these strangers tell their stories, they must navigate what is shared and what is withheld. This moving, funny and deeply empathic novel reminds us that life, with all its twists and turns, never loses its capacity to surprise. Get your copy of the book here!
Frances Itani has written 18 books. Her novels include That’s My Baby; Tell, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles of 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and selected for CBC’s Canada Reads. Itani is a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a 2019 Library and Archives Canada Scholars Award. She lives in Ottawa.
Susan G. Cole is a writer, editor and activist. She is the author of two books on violence against women, Pornography and the Sex Crisis and Power Surge: Sex, Violence and Pornography (both Second Story Press) and is the editor of Outspoken, scenes and monologues from Canadian lesbian plays (Playwrights Canada Press). Her play, the comedy A Fertile Imagination, about two lesbians trying to have a baby, was nominated for two Dora Awards in Toronto. She lives in Toronto, where she is currently a contributing books editor at NOW Magazine, with her partner and is also a grandmother of two.
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