Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

26sep2:45 pm3:15 pmVirtual EventClarity in Personal NarrativeLamees Al Ethari, Madhur Anand, Moderator: Roland Gulliver2:45 pm - 3:15 pm EST

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Authors Madhur Anand and Lamees Al Ethari present personal memoirs that expand the definition of the genre through the use of generational storytelling and representation of memory. Moderated by Roland Gulliver, Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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Lamees Al Ethari

Lamees Al Ethari immigrated to Canada with her husband and two boys in 2008. She holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, where she has been teaching creative and academic writing since 2015. Her writing and research focus on Iraqi North American women’s life narratives of trauma and migration.

Madhur Anand

Madhur Anand is the author of A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart, 2015) and several other literary works published in national and international magazines. She is a full professor of ecology and sustainability at The University of Guelph.


This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart

An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma using the imagined voices of the past and the vital authority of the present.

Told through the lenses of biology, physics, history, and poetry, this is a memoir that defies form and convention to immerse the reader in the feeling of what remains when we’ve heard as much of the truth as our families will allow, and we’re left to search for ourselves among the pieces they’ve carried with them.

AuthorMadhur Anand

Waiting for the Rain: An Iraqi Memoir

In this memoir, Lamees Al Ethari traces her transition from an idyllic childhood in a large extended Iraqi family to the relative stability of an exilic family life in Canada. Through memory fragments, flights of poetry, diary entries, and her own art, the author reveals the trauma suffered by Iraqis, caused by three senseless wars, dehumanizing sanctions, a brutal dictatorship, and a foreign occupation. Finely observed, highly personal, and intensely moving, this account also gives testimony to the Iraqi people’s resilience and the humanity they manage to preserve in the face of adversity. It is the other voice, behind the news flashes.

AuthorLamees Al Ethari


(Saturday) 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm EST