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Wordfest: Sane Takes on an Insane World

Date & Time:
October 14, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Glenbow Museum Theatre (130 9th Ave SE)
Denise Chong

This timely showcase features an uncensored conversation with authors whose works explore the vulnerability of human rights in an increasingly polarized world. Be prepared to be challenged, as they delve into hot-button topics such as the refugee crisis, extremist politics, and genocide. This event is hosted by Aditya Badami.

Payam Akhavan

Payam Akhavan is a professor of International Law at McGill University, a member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. He has served with the UN in conflict zones around the world and as legal counsel in landmark cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Supreme Courts of Canada and the United States. Akhavan was born in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to Canada with his family as a child.

Denise Chong

Denise Chong is the 2017/18 Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary. An internationally-published author of four works of literary non-fiction, she is best known for her family memoir, The Concubine’s Children, a Globe and Mailbestseller for 93 weeks. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada for writing books “that raise our social consciousness”, she has written stories that span generations and explore the geopolitics of our time.

Jenny Erpenbeck

Jenny Erpenbeck is a German opera director and writer. Born in East Berlin in 1967, her work has been translated into 17 languages. Her novel The End of Days won the 2014 Hans Fallada Prize and the 2015 Independent Foreign Prize. Her novel Go, Went, Gone won the Strega European Prize, the annual award given to a novel in Italian translation by a European author who has received national recognition in their home country.

M. NourbeSe Philip

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and former lawyer. She is a Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations and the MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best-known works are: She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly BreaksLooking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence; and Zong!, a genre-breaking poem that engages with ideas of the law, history, and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Philip lives in Toronto.