Keith Maillard at the Timely & Tasty Canadiana Showcase at Wordfest

An evening built around the most exciting new releases of 2018. Join these five award-winning Canadian authors as they demonstrate the breadth and brilliance of our literary landscape: Esi Edugyan, Wayne Grady, Elizabeth Hay, Keith Maillard, and Kim Thúy.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: DJD Dance Centre, 111 12 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: $20, tickets available here


Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Sharon Bala at the Fall Feast of Words (Sherwood Park)

When a ship carrying five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s civil war reaches Vancouver, it sparks debate about Canada’s international obligations versus threats to our national security. Sharon Bala’s spellbinding debut novel, The Boat People, provides a compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.
Abu-Bakr al Rabeeah was ten years old when violence erupted on the streets of Homs, Syria. As told to his teacher Winnie Yeung, Homes is the remarkable true story of how he and his family emerged from a war zone and found safety in Canada.

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Central Library, Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB
Admission: free, please register here


Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah immigrated to Canada to escape the Syrian war. Once settled in Edmonton, he told stories to his teacher, writer Winnie Yeung, which highlighted the heartbreaking juxtaposition between war and childhood. Such experiences are shared in Homes: A Refugee Story, which has been described as “one of those rare books that manages to find humanity in the inhumane.” al Rabeeah offers an honest, uplifting discussion—youth to youth—about what life is really like in one of the most infamous and devastated countries in the modern world, while both student and teacher share how they developed a remarkable bond and a remarkable book.

Deborah Campbell is the author of Disappearance in Damascus and often writes about Syria, Iran and Lebanon. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 10:15–11:45 pm
Location: Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Admission: $20 ($9.50 for student groups), tickets available here