Two award-winning authors share an afternoon at Harbourfront library.
Poet Jamella Hagen and novelist Claire Tacon present their respective works at the library Sunday (May 27) at 2 p.m.
Hagen, from Whitehorse, is a former editor at the literary magazine Prism whose poems were shortlisted for a CBC literary award.
In her latest collection, Kerosene, she weaves individual memories into a narrative that charts the process of orientation and growing maturity within shifting geographical locations.
Patterned on the author’s own experience, the collection follows the story of a young woman’s life, encompassing the beauty and harshness of a childhood spent in the wilderness of northern B.C., the difficult process of adapting to city life, a period of extensive travel in South America and her eventual return to the north.
Tacon is also a former editor at Prism and finalist for the CBC literary awards.
Her first novel, In the Field, follows the story of teacher Ellie Lucan, who, when she loses her teaching job, packs up her two sons to spend the summer in her hometown with her mother.
She finds her mother suffering from dementia and the house in squalor, and she is forced to confront small-town prejudice toward her biracial sons. As Ellie is drawn back into the community she grew up in, she is forced to decide where her loyalties lie.
The reading is free and open to the public.
The Harbourfront library is located at Diana Krall Plaza. For more information, please call 250-753-1154.