Sunday, November 7: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Love and Loss: Reflecting on Your Roots

With Lamees Al Ethari and Kamal Al-Solaylee.

A homecoming can take place in an airport terminal. It can also take place at your keyboard.

Join Lamees Al Ethari and Kamal Al-Solaylee as they discuss confronting national histories and personal stories in memoir. From Iraq to Yemen, both writers have tackled stories of devastating loss, balanced with reflections of love and peacefulness. How do they achieve this balance? And how did they maintain self-care while writing honestly and artfully about these stories?

  • Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, as well as the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), was hailed as “brilliant” by the Walrus magazine and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail. A finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction as well as the Trillium Book Award, Brown won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. A two-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, Al-Solaylee won a gold medal for his column in Sharp in 2019. He holds a Ph.D. in English and is Director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia.

  • Lamees Al Ethari holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, where she has been teaching creative and academic writing since 2015. She has published a collection of poems titled From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris (2018) and, more recently, a memoir titled Waiting for the Rain (2019). Her poems have appeared in About Place Journal, The New Quarterly, The Malpais Review, and the anthology Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. She is a nonfiction editor with The New Quarterly and a co-coordinator for The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop for Immigrant Women.