Jesse Wente maintains that reconciliation will never be a realistic path forward – storytelling in all its forms is one of Indigenous peoples’ best weapons in the fight to reclaim their rightful place. Drew Hayden Taylor called upon Indigenous writers, elders, and youth to envision a future that is jolting in the very best sense. Leave the clichés and settler comfort zones behind. Listen instead as these generous writers explore the bracing rethinks that fuel two of fall 2021's most anticipated memoirs and anthologies.
The one-hour livestream event on Wordfest.com starts at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Zain Velji. (The pre-show begins at 6:50 PM.) The day after the show, we'll email you our unique Digital Doggie Bag, featuring links and extras sparked by the conversation.
Can't watch live? Want to rewatch? Purchasing the 26@26 series pass or a single ticket gives you exclusive access to this show on demand until midnight on April 30, 2022.
We’re grateful to Douglas & McIntyre and Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with these authors.
About Host Zain Velji
Zain Velji is Partner and VP Strategy for Northweather, working with both companies and non-profits, as well as political campaigns. He was campaign manager for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s 2017 run and worked on the campaigns for US Senator Elizabeth Warren and US President Barack Obama. Velji is the host of the award-winning podcast “The Strategists”, where he dissects political strategy and public affairs issues, and his writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He is a frequent public speaker and regular political commentator on CBC radio and television and co-hosted the 2019 federal election for CTV.
- Jesse Wente faces Canada's history, flawed notion of reconciliation in upcoming book –Toronto Star
- 2021 Indspire Awards recipient Drew Hayden Taylor talks about how he wrote the novel Motorcyles & Sweetgrass –The Next Chapter