Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer at the Kogawa House Garden

Published by http://www.kogawahouse.com/node/306
Come meet our 2013 writer-in-residence, Ava Homa, during one of several events this July. 

Ava Homa exiled from Kurdistan-Iran in 2007 and is among the few Kurdish women authors who write about the history of the Kurdish community. Her three-month residency, funded by the Canada Council Author Residency Program and the British Columbia Arts Council, began on May 1, 2013, and focuses on writing, research, and community programs. In 2010, Ava Homa published her debut collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land, which was nominated for 2011 Frank O’Conner International Short Story Prize and was chosen as one of ten People’s Choice finalists in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Award running concurrently with Giller Prize. While is residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, she is completing a fiction manuscript that extends the themes of one of the stories in the collection. In addition, for each of five weeks, she will meet with a group of teen writers to discuss and practise crafting short fiction. Ava Homa has been a member of PEN Canada’s Writers-in-Exile network since 2011 and was the 2012 PEN Lecturer-in-Residence at George Brown College.

Please join Ava Homa at one of several public events:

Thursday, July 18, 7:30pm, Far East, Middle East 
Julia Lin, author of Miah (Tsar, 2012) joins Ava Homa for an evening of readings and discussion about immigration, displacement, and the complexities of lives divided between Taiwan and Canada, between Iran and Canada. 

Sunday, July 21, 3:00 to 5:00pm, Women, Kurds, and Baha'is in Search of Equality in Iran
Farshid Samandari, composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and a Baha’i born in Iran joins Ava Homa for an afternoon of music and discussion of growing up as an excluded minority in Iran and the ways in which those with different histories and cultures can speak to – and through – each other. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, July 28, 6:00 to 10:00, Outdoor Barbeque/Open Mic/Poetry Reading
All are welcome to this end-of-term celebration. Bring a poem, a song, or other musings to read/sing/perform to the garden and the birds and the people. Please also bring something for the barbecue grill.

All events take place at Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, in the garden that is beautifully tended by volunteer Marlene Enns.

Admission by donation but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please email kogawahouse@yahoo.ca.

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