Born Out of This follows Christine Lowther’s journey from the unutterable loss of her mother to the discovery of her own poetic voice... She recalls the day the police arrested her father, and the indifferent beauty surrounding that life-changing moment.
Tumbling through the years that follow, Lowther searches for her own identity—foster homes, punk rock concerts, activism and wanderings in Europe fill her hours but leave her searching. Ultimately she is drawn back to the forests and coast of her home.
With remarkable poetic vision, Lowther weaves her words and her mother’s poetry into the landscape, until language and land are inseparable. She describes the waning days of spawning salmon: “barely submerged, the dark grey still-living move slowly among the dead, except for sudden splashes, bursts of energy, pinnacles of desperation.”
Come hear and celebrate Chris Lowther tonight as she launches her memoir, Born Out of This, at the Fairfield Market, 1275 Oscar St. at 7:30 p.m. $3 at the door. With Patricia Young and Eve Joseph
I think that Indigenous women are very good at love, despite all of the trauma of colonialism. I started to see Anishinaabe women—whether it’s their love of land, culture, Elders, or partners—as little islands of hope, little islands of love. - Leanne Simpson, speaking of her short story collection, Islands of Decolonial Love. Leanne Simpson will be giving the Carol Shields Lecture on November 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Oak Bay United Church
Victoria Writers Festival
c/o 582 Marifield Ave.
Victoria, BC, V8V 1N4