Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
David Chariandy, Matthew Dickman, Kevin Hardcastle
Moderator: Angie Abdou
Characters from the working class are often treated stereotypically, or as foils for wealthier characters, or don’t appear at all, in contemporary literature. These three writers make social class a focal point of their stories and poems. David Chariandy’s fictional brothers Michael and Francis, sons of Trinidadian immigrants living in suburbia, confront prejudice, low expectations and even outright fear from their neighbours. American poet Matthew Dickman fashions melancholic portraits of impoverished white teenagers, some struggling with addiction and sliding into oblivion. Written in spare, muscular prose, Kevin Hardcastle’s novel penetrates the heart of what it means to endure life in the underclass and to find small happiness there. If we thought that social class was a nineteenth century English construct, this conversation will make us think again.
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