Ottawa Community·EVENT

All In A Day Book Club with Alan Neal

Join CBC Radio's Alan Neal and members of the All In A Day Book Club on April 17 as they discuss Kai Thomas’ book In The Upper Country.

Join us on April 17 for the All In A Day Book Club

All In A Day Book Club with Alan Neal
Join CBC Radio's Alan Neal and members of the All In A Day Book Club as they discuss Kai Thomas’ book In The Upper Country. (CBC)

Join CBC Radio's Alan Neal and members of the All In A Day Book Club as they discuss Kai Thomas' book In The Upper Country.

Award-winning author Kai Thomas will be back in his former hometown of Ottawa, talking with Alan and listeners, at the community hub known as 1805 Gaspé Ave. in Manor Park on April 17.

In The Upper Country transports readers into the Black communities of 1859 Southwestern Ontario. It tells the story of Lensinda Martin, a Black journalist attempting to interview an old woman who has recently arrived via the Underground Railroad. That old woman, Cash, has shot a slavehunter dead. And Cash will only barter with Lensinda: a story for a story.

The novel, while fictional, delves into the interwoven history of Canada and the United States, of slaves and descendants, and of peoples both Black and Indigenous. For his work as an author, Kai Thomas picked up the $60,000 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

The Book Club will be meeting in person at the community hub 1805 Gaspé Ave. (which is also the address). Baccanalle, the Caribbean restaurant in the hub, is organizing a Black artisans and curators' marketplace for the evening with the group Afrotechture. It's a chance for attendees to take part in both the literary conversation and check out phenomenal creations by Black artisans from this city.

To reserve your seat, click here (seats are limited). If all seats are reserved, please join our waitlist.

If you'd like to join us virtually from the comfort of your own home, reserve your ticket here.

This event will be recorded and featured on All In A Day and other local CBC programs in the coming weeks.

If you haven't read the book, you can still join us for a fun evening of literary discussion and community connection by registering using the link above. 

Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, April 17
  • Doors open: 6:30 p.m. 
  • Event starts: 7 p.m.
  • Location: 1805 Gaspé Ave., Ottawa

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