The City Imagines: Kill the Mall

18mar7:00 pm8:00 pmThe City Imagines: Kill the MallMalla, Micallef, and Malls, oh my! A conversation with Pasha Malla and Shawn Micallef.

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The suburban shopping mall. A place to shop and stroll. To work and hang out. To see and be seen. It’s also the setting of Pasha Malla’s new horror-tinged fable Kill the Mall. Join us for a feature discussion with Pasha Malla by flaneur and self-proclaimed mall aficionado Shawn Micallef.


Pasha Malla

Pasha Malla’s fiction has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, an Arthur Ellis Award and several National Magazine awards, been shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Prize, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Shawn Micallef

Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, Full Frontal TO, and The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure. He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, a senior editor & co-owner of Spacing and teaches at U of T. His most recent book is Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness.

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Kill the Mall

After writing a letter in praise of “malls,” our eccentric narrator is offered a “residency” at a shabby suburban shopping centre. His mission: to occupy the mall for several weeks, splitting his time between “making work” and “engaging the public,” all while chronicling his adventures in weekly progress reports.

Before long, a series of strange after-hour events rattles our hero, and he sets forth on a nightly quest to untangle the mysterious forces at play in the mall’s unmapped recesses. Things quickly get hairy, and our narrator’s optimism about his mall residency descends into doubt, and then into a full-blown phantasmagoria of horror and (possibly) murder. With the aid of a weird and wonderful cast of mall-dwelling misfits–including a pony named Gary–our narrator is forced to conclude that the mall may not be the temple of consumer bliss he initially imagined, but something far more sinister. And who, or what, is benefitting from its existence?

Pasha Malla’s creative genius shines in this madcap work of horror-fantasy–a cutting critique of consumer culture as embodied in the fading local mall.

AuthorPasha Malla

PublisherPenguin Random House Canada


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