Renée Sarojini Saklikar launches children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, $18.95), at the World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s—149 West Hastings, Vancouver—on Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission to the event is free. Renée will be available to discuss her work and personalize copies of her book following her presentation.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.
Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems invite us to help bear witness to an aviation disaster that continues to resonate around the world, decades after the original event.