Stories that Haunt Us: A Conversation with Jamie Liew and Lindsay Wong

How do we storytell our family stories?  How do we make sense of stories and memories that continue to haunt us?  Join us for a conversation with Asian Canadian writers Lindsay Wong (UBC) and Jamie Liew (University of Ottawa) on Tuesday April 5.  In addition to sharing their experiences and creative processes, Lindsay will be reading excerpts from her memoir, The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons (shortlisted for Canada Reads 2019), while Jamie will be sharing some parts of her upcoming novel Dandelion, which has won the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award.  The event is free and open to all.  Both Lindsay’s and Jamie’s books will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be an informal student meet & greet and book signing after the event.

Time: April 5, 1-2:30pm PDT

Location: Arts Student Centre (1860 East Mall), second floor

The event is free and open to the public. The health and safety of our guests remain our top priority and so, we are following the guidance provided by UBC and the Province of British Columbia’s BC Restart Plan. Please note that we have limited seating capacity at the venue for this event, so the RSVP will be first come first serve.  We will require all our guests to wear non-medical masks and have proof of vaccination accompanied with a government-issued ID upon entrance.

About the speakers:

Jamie Chai Yun Liew (she/her) is the author of DANDELION. She is the recipient of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award. Jamie is also a lawyer, law professor, and podcaster specializing in immigration, refugee and citizenship law. Her podcast, Migration Conversations, features experts and migrants who have experienced immigration systems up close. With Hakka, Hainanese and Nyonya roots in Southeast Asia, one of Jamie’s pastimes is to cook and eat SE Asian hawker fare including laksa and char kuey teow.

Lindsay Wong (she/her) is the author of the critically-acclaimed, award winning and bestselling memoir THE WOO-WOO (2018). It has been optioned for TV by Escape Artists/NBC. She has also written a YA novel for Simon Pulse entitled MY SUMMER OF LOVE AND MISFORTUNE. Wong is the author of the short story collection TELL ME PLEASANT THINGS ABOUT IMMORTALITY and a novel THE CURSED BRIDESMAIDS OF MAXYNE-MARILYN LEUNG (Penguin Random House Canada, forthcoming). She has a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University. Wong is a Part-Time Lecturer in Creative Nonfiction in the Optional-Residency MFA Program at The University of British Columbia. She is based in Burnaby, BC. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayMWong or on Instagram @Lindsaywong.M.