18-year-old Lindsey Olver who describes herself as a usually (but not always) regular, run-of-the-mill teenaged girl, will take the podium at Neechi Commons on Thursday, August 7 with the winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
Self-published Olver will read from The Life in Rhymes of an Angsty Teenager. Saklikar will read from children of air india.
Born in Poona/Pune, India , Saklikari has lived in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In her ground-breaking saga of the Canada/Air India event, which she says is both over-reported and under-represented in our national psyche, Saklikari strives through poetry to understand the everything/ness and the nothing/ness of the Air India bombing.
329 deaths, 82 children. Canada’s worst mass murder. The accused acquitted. What does it mean to be Canadian and lose someone in Air India Flight 182?
Saklikari’s work has appeared in The Vancouver Review, The Georgia Straight, Geist, SubTerrain, Poetry is Dead, CV2, and Arc Poetry Magazine. The first completed series from thecanadaproject about Canada and the bombing of Air India Flight 182 is now available from Harbour Publishing.
Self-published Winnipeg writer, Olver, has written more than ninety poems in five years, and believes we all have to begin somewhere. The Life in Rhymes collection is just the beginning of her story.
Diverse writers, stimulating topics. The book launch and readings get underway from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at Neechi Commons, second floor, 865 Main Street.
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