17. Fighting In-Justice with Fiction: Panel Discussion - The FOLD

22. Panel: Fighting In-Justice with Fiction

A panel discussion on four books that explore injustice.

Closed captioning will be provided at this event.

Session Description

How do you contend with the deepest grief and personal betrayal in the face of crimes rooted in injustice? How do authors turn difficult moments into powerful stories? Gary Freeman, Kagiso Molope, Adnan Khan, and Danny Ramandan discuss love, grief, and the pursuit of justice in their powerfully gripping novels with moderator Wayne Grady.

Featured Speaker(s)

AKhan
Adnan Khan
Bio
KMolope
Kagiso Lesego Molope
Bio
A photo of author Danny Ramadan against a dark leafy background.
Danny Ramadan
Bio
Wayne Grady
Wayne Grady
Bio
AKhan

Adnan Khan

Adnan Khan has written for Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and others. There Has To Be a Knife is his first novel.

Adnan is appearing in Better Bring the Book Club and Fighting In-Justice with Fiction.

KMolope

Kagiso Lesego Molope

Kagiso Lesego Molope has won the 2019 Ottawa Book Award and the Inaugural Pius Adesanmi Memorial Award for Excellence in African writing. Her novels are Dancing in the Dust, The Mending Season, This Book Betrays My Brother and Such a Lonely, Lovely Road.

Kagiso is hosting the Fiction Workshop with Kagiso Molope, appearing in The Power and Politics of Prizes, and moderating the discussion at the Breakfast with Perdita Felicien.

A photo of author Danny Ramadan against a dark leafy background.

Danny Ramadan

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and storyteller. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, continues to receive praise and awards and is translated to multiple languages. His children book, Salma the Syrian Chef, is out in March 2020.

Danny will appear in Fighting Injustice with Fiction.

Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady is the author of a dozen works of nonfiction, two novels (Emancipation Day and Up From Freedom), and is also an award-winning translator of such writers as Antonine Maillet, Yves Beauchemin, and Yara El-Ghadban. He divides his time between Kingston, Ontario, and Mexico.

Wayne will appear in the Translation Duel, and will moderate Fighting Injustice with Fiction.

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