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The Book That Changed Your Life – Georgia Straight

slave-of-the-hunsHere’s a piece I did for the Georgia Straight back in September. These few hundred words took me three months to write, but I number them among my best work this year. Thank you for Brian Lynch for allowing me the time……

Slave of the Huns by the Hungarian writer Géza Gárdonyi, first published in 1901, brought out in English by Corvina Press in the late ’60s: the book as mysterious object, to hold, to divine. A red cover, with ink drawings by Victor C. Ambrus, the novel sat on a shelf in my father’s library up at the manse in the town of towns…”

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Essay fragments

Curiosity and the Canadian: towards a life-long essay

about fragments and returning

“Most of the families of those killed were clad in “western” dress—we were our own small units of grief, clothed in muted colours. Canada made me. Born in Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, I’ve lived in this country since I was a baby. Raised to be “Canadian”, I don’t identify with any particular ethnic group. But on that day, in that place, sitting behind the families of the accused, an awareness seeped in—that I didn’t belong to a big family, that my cultural badges were invisible. What were these badges, really, except for this language in which I write, English, and my religious denomination, that quintessential element of “old Canada”, the United Church? I’m the daughter of one of its ministers.

Time bends as I recall this moment.”

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Events and readings

Renee Sarojini Saklikar draws large crowd to SFU Woodward’s for launch of new book of poems, The Georgia Straight

Saklikar Air India Remembrance Stanley ParkPhoto by Charlie Smith for The Georgia Straight.

Renee Sarojini Saklikar draws large crowd to SFU Woodward’s for launch of new book of poems, The Georgia Straight:

Last night in front of a capacity crowd at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s, Saklikar characterized the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 as “such an interrupted story”.

That’s because the lives of those affected were so shattered—indeed, interrupted—by the world’s worst case of aviation terrorism prior to 9/11.

“Every time I talk about Air India outside the language of poetry, it feels blunt,” Saklikar said. “It feels clichéd. It feels staged.”

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children of air india reviews

Book of the Week at the Georgia Straight

Selected as Book of the Week by the Georgia Straight:

In children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions), Saklikar offers a winding, elegiac “docu-poetic collection” filled with still-fresh echoes of the worst act of terrorism in Canadian history…”

Read the review here.