The event is part of UBC Okanagan’s Visiting Author’s Series at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (#103 – 421 Cawston Ave). It will feature readings by Rader—an Assistant Professor in UBC Okanagan’s Creative Writing department—and Ashok Mathur, the university’s Department Head of Creative Studies. Admission is free and all are welcome. Books will be available for sale by the UBC Bookstore.
The stories in What I Want to Tell Goes Like This draw on Vancouver Island’s long and turbulent history of labour activism. They alternate between historical explorations of events that occurred in the area over a century ago—such as the Great Vancouver Coal Strike of 1912-14 and the shooting death of infamous union organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin—and present-day stories of people living in the same landscape, in the indeterminate echo of history.
Matt Rader is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for literature. He has also written three books of poems, including Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction and poetry have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize, and have been published in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Rader grew up on Vancouver Island and now lives in Kelowna, BC.
For more information on this event, contact the UBCO Creative Studies office at 250-807-9648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.