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18:00 - 19:30 27 February 2017

Book reading with Montréal author Anita Anand - readings from her acclaimed collection Swing in the House and Other Stories (2015)


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Anita Anand, Author, Anita Anand is a Montréal author who spent years moving back and forth between her hometown and places such as the Bronx, Vancouver and Bedfordshire. Her first book, Swing in the House and Other Stories (Véhicule Press, Montréal, Québec) won the Concordia-QWF First Book Prize, was nominated for the Montreal Diversity Prize and has just been shortlisted for the ReLit Prize. Her work has also appeared in Frostwriting, The Globe and Mail and the Louisiana Review. Her translation of Julianna-Lévéillé-Trudel's book Nirliit will be published in 2018. She is currently working on a novel.

Anita Anand will be reading three excerpts from her collection, Swing in the House and Other Stories -- from the title story, about a suffocating marriage in a cold city in 1989; from ‘The Dare’ -- in which a woman suffering from alienation in suburbia decides to stand outside her door stark naked; and from ‘Elephant Heart’ -- the author's favourite, in which she just wanted to write about a feeling that she couldn't name. 'Swing in the House paints an utterly contemporary portrait of Canadian families. Anand pulls back the curtains to reveal the unspoken complexities within the modern home, from sibling rivalries to fracturing marriages, casual racisms to damaged egos, hidden homosexuality to mental illness. Each of these stories offers a deftly constructed morality play.’ (Review)


Oscar Martinez
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