Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Cherie Dimaline, Ari Goelman
As much as we want to retain our childlike innocence, part of growing up is becoming aware of the cruel realities of the world. At this event, two accomplished young adult writers use speculative fiction as a way into complex issues such as racism, climate change, mental health and agency, and offer teens a way to cope with the changes in their own lives. In Cherie Dimaline’s dystopic future, Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow, which contains a cure to a madness that has struck down the rest of the population. Ari Goelman’s The Innocence Treatment follows Lauren, a teen with a disorder which makes her incredibly trusting. However, the treatment for this disorder has unexpected, and dangerous, side-effects.
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–10
1412 Cartwright St.
School Groups: $9.50 (available only to educators)
Youth Under 30: $15
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