Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Larissa Lai
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm, join us for Open Word: Readings and Ideas with Larissa Lai to celebrate the release of her new dystopian novel, The Tiger Flu.
The Tiger Flu is a feminist, cyberpunk thriller that explores disease and technology, and imagines how women—queer women of colour, in particular—might go on to build community in a world that threatens them with extinction.
Larissa Lai has authored two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two poetry collections, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. She was assistant professor in Canadian Literature at UBC from 2007–2014. In 2014, she returned to the University of Calgary to take up a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing.
Larissa will read from The Tiger Flu at 7:30, then join in conversation with scholar and writer Claire Huot. Claire Huot is the author of two academic books on contemporary Chinese culture, and of two novels, both with the same bilingual (Chinese-English) female detective. With Robert Majzels she created the experimental translation of Chinese poetry that was published as “85”.
The event is free / by donation. Doors open at 7:00. There will be books for sale by cash/credit, and a cash bar—come prepared!
Larissa Lai is the author of three novels, When Fox Is a Thousand, Salt Fish Girl, and The Tiger Flu. She as also written two poetry books and a book a criticism. Winner of the Astraea Award, she has been a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, the Dorothy Livesay Prize and the ACQL Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism. Her fiction is known for the ways it takes up mythic and speculative fiction aspects and combines them with themes of racialization, gender, sexuality, embodiment, relationships and belonging. She directs The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing at The University of Calgary.
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