An Evening with Indo-Canadian Author, Veena Gokhale and Inuk Writer Aviaq Johnston
Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with Indo-Canadian author Veena Gokhale and young Inuk writer Aviaq Johnston to launch their latest novels, Land of Fatimah and Those Who Run in the Sky! Veena Gokhale, an immigrant shape shifter, started her career as a journalist in Bombay. This “tough, tantalizing” city inspired Bombay Wali and other stories (Guernica 2013), Veena’s debut novel. After immigrating to Canada, she worked for non-profits. Land for Fatimah is partly inspired by the two years she spent working in Tanzania. Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story Tarnikuluk, which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel and has lived in Australia and Vietnam. She spends most of her time reading, writing, studying, and procrastinating. She goes back and forth between Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Ottawa, Ontario. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky is the 2017 Honour Book for the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature.
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