Diaspora Dialogues: Place and Identity

28may10:00 am11:00 amDiaspora Dialogues: Place and IdentityWith Antanas Sileika and Camille Hernández-Ramdwar. Moderated by Aparita Bhandari.

Speakers for this event

  • Antanas Sileika

    Antanas Sileika


    Antanas Sileika’s most recent novel, Some Unfinished Business, is set the former Soviet Lithuania. He is the author of six works of fiction and a memoir. An adaptation of his previous novel, Provisionally Yours, is being released in November of 2023 as a feature film in Lithuania. A separate TV serial will be released there in 2024. He has been short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and the Leacock Medal for humour.

    URL https://www.antanassileika.com


  • Aparita Bhandari

    Aparita Bhandari


    Aparita Bhandari is an arts and life reporter in Toronto. Her areas of interest and expertise lie in the intersections of gender, culture, and ethnicity. Her work has appeared in a range of Canadian and international media including the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt magazine, and Roads & Kingdoms. She’s gone hyperlocal when she covered the many communities that make up the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. She’s also the producer of Hindi language podcasts KhabardaarPodcast.com and Darmiyaan.com


  • Camille Hernández-Ramdwar

    Camille Hernández-Ramdwar


    Camille Hernández-Ramdwar is a multiracial, transnational author, scholar, and independent consultant. Her debut collection of short stories Suite as Sugar was published by Rare Machines/Dundurn Press in April 2023. She is currently working on a book about the failures of anti-racism initiatives in Canadian universities, as well as a novel of historical fiction spanning multiple continents and eras.

    URL https://www.camillehr.com


Event Details

Presented by Diaspora Dialogues

Camille Hernández-Ramdwar and Antanas Sileika discuss their new fiction releases Suite as Sugar and Some Unfinished Business. The discussion will be moderated by Aparita Bhandari.

Some Unfinished Business by Antanas Sileika
Cormorant Books

Gripping and evocative, Some Unfinished Business tells the story of a young man who is determined to prevail through anti-Soviet resistance in occupied Lithuania, imprisonment in the Gulag, and the icy hands of bureaucracy that attempt to thwart his love for a woman with a mysterious past — all while chasing the back of the man who dared him to dream in the first place.

At fourteen, Martin Averka met a teacher from the city who inspired him to seek out the wide world beyond his small village of Lyn Lake. Years later, having lived under the tyranny of an autocratic system populated by cowards and bullies and seeking revenge, he breaks into the Pažaislis Monastery Asylum to come face to face with the man from his youth for one last time.

Suite as Sugar by Camille Hernández-Ramdwar
Rare Machines (Dundurn Press)

From Winnipeg winterscapes to Toronto’s condo culture, from Havana’s haunted streets to Trinidad’s calamitous environs, the stories in Suite as Sugar are permeated with the violence of colonial histories, personal and intimate, reflecting legacies of abandonment and loss. The veil between the living and the dead is obscured, chaos becomes panacea, and characters take drastic measures into their own hands.


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