Topical. Penetrating. At the forefront of the most anticipated books for fall are the latest from Omar El Akkad, whose second novel more than lives up to the high standards set by his first, and Ian Williams, whose first book of non-fiction proves that a poet’s perceptions on race make for required reading across genres.
The one-hour livestream event on Wordfest.com starts at 7:00 PM MT. (The pre-show begins at 6:50 PM.) The day after the show, we'll email you our unique Digital Doggie Bag, featuring links and extras sparked by the conversation.
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We’re grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with these authors.
Esmahan Razavi is passionate about gender equity. She is a co-founder of Ask Her and served as its first President. She is also a former steering committee member of Equal Voice Calgary, and former national board director for Equal Voice. She has held senior campaign roles for women candidates in federal and provincial politics, and co-led the Calgary Women’s March in 2018 and 2019.
For her work in supporting women in politics, Razavi was selected as one of Canada’s top 33 women in 2017 by Chatelaine magazine. She was also named one of the top 50 Arab women in North America by the Arab Women of Excellence Awards in 2019. Razavi is an Associate Principal at Champion Communications & PR.
- Omar El Akkad on “the Privilege of Instantaneous Forgetting” –Interview Magazine
- What Strange Paradise Explores Two Sides of a Migrant Crisis –The New York Times
- What Strange Paradise Focuses On The Human Stories At The Heart Of A Crisis –NPR
- Disorientation –GRANTA
- Disorientation in conversation: a look at Ian Williams' upcoming book –The Varsity
- Down the road: How Black people keep going after being stopped –The Globe and Mail