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70. Difficult Inheritances
70. Difficult Inheritances

The Vancouver Writers Fest presents
70. Difficult Inheritances


Moderator: Betsy Warland

How do we confront painful inheritances? Bold, poignant memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures.

How do we confront painful inheritances? Abandoned by his parents, Jesse Thistle fell into a life of drugs, homelessness and crime, before taking it upon himself to change. In From the Ashes, he shares his journey to reconnect with his Métis-Cree culture and family. Exiled from her Yemeni family and shaken by her father’s death, Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving) pursued a turbulent life of constant travel—until an untold family history enabled her to finally find herself. Adopted as an infant, Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.) overcomes cultural divides to build a relationship with her birth family. These memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures.

Saturday, October 26 at 5:00pm
Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St

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