Toronto Lit Up: Starkie Mak
October 21 at 7:00pm
Join Toronto Lit Up, At Bay Press and Type Books on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7pm ET to celebrate the launch of Starkie Mak’s novel Coming to Canada. The virtual event will feature Starkie Mak in conversation with Nancy Lam.
With sensitivity and tenderness, Starkie Mak has captured a tale of the immigrant experience, from the eyes of a child. Masterfully rendered with careful homage paid to the children’s books that have touched the hearts of so many, Mak’s brush strokes and calligraphy evoke the turbulent emotions and difficulties a child must surely experience when having their little world upended, only to have a much larger and foreign world unfold before them.
In a heartbreaking parting, a child says goodbye to her family and is left with her imagination as guide. In search of a new life in a new land, a child retreats into the realm of fantasy. Through the devastating pain of childhood loss emerges the joy of a child’s triumph. You can purchase your copy of Coming to Canada from Type Books here.
Starkie Mak is an artist and writer deeply in love with expressive drawing and painting. Her paintings have been exhibited across Europe and Asia. She illustrated for children’s magazine Cotton Tree and is an art teacher educating children. The classic novel The Secret Garden sparked her interest in literature. Literature and illustration are indispensable parts of her life. She studied creative writing at the University of Oxford. She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 2018.
Nancy Lam is a staunch Canadian. As a child and teenager, she lost herself in stories by Canadian writers, in university she majored in Canadian History to earn a Bachelor of Arts, and after acquiring her law degree she now helps prospective Canadians write and present their life stories to government officials. Her first novel is a fictionalized account of her mother’s immigration story to, none other than, Canada.
Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 to December 2020, Toronto Lit Up has produced 119 events to launch 143 books by 212 Toronto authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.
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