Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Cherie Dimaline, Omar El Akkad, Alison Pick
Moderator: Ian Weir
For centuries writers have been imagining perfect worlds, and worlds gone wrong. The recent acclaimed television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has now rekindled interest in stories about surviving in a dystopia. In Cherie Dimaline’s new novel, set in a future world, the only people still able to dream are the Indigenous people of North America, and because the key to survival is their bone marrow, they are hunted. Alison Pick sets her novel in 1921 Palestine, and shows how a vision of a Jewish homeland succumbs to pragmatism and that Utopian dream is destroyed by messy human entanglements. Omar El Akkad sets his tale in 2047 following a second American Civil War, amid a devastating plague with one family caught in the middle. These are more than cautionary tales.
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