EMMA Talks with Hiromi Goto and Julie Flett

SFU Woodwards is co-hosting an evening with award-winning authors Hiromi Goto and Julie Flett on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The event is co-hosted by EMMA Talks, whose core principle is to bring important stories by women identified writers, activists, thinkers, storytellers, makers and doers, from the periphery to the public.

Hiromi Goto’s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Her second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional Book, and was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. Her YA/Crossover novel, Half World (2009), was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award. Darkest Light, companion book to Half World, is her latest novel.

Julie Flett is an award-winning author, illustrator, and artist of Cree, Métis, Scottish, French, and Inuit ancestry. It has been said that Julie “is a soft-spoken person with loud ideas. It is obvious from her work that she cares about how and why she constructs meaning out of pictures.” She works within a decolonial practice to create culturally-authentic artwork for children’s literature. Community and youth engagement is a significant part of Julie’s work, and she often participates in author/illustrator visits to public schools and enjoys collaborating with her son on book and art making projects.

The event will be held at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC. Talk begins at 7:00 PM and there will be a pre-reception at 6:00 PM in place of a Q&A to allow for folks to meet one another, converse, and share thoughts. Free to attend, registration is required.

Event is co-presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, EMMA Talks, UBC First Nations Studies Program and SFU Institute for the Humanities.