This lecture will discuss writers who wander from their places of origin and how the experience of wandering informs the stories they choose to tell—indeed, the very language they use to tell them. What stories do we tell in and about an increasingly globalized world? From the shifting uncertainties of wandering, a rich literature emerges. Ohlin will discuss her own experience as a writer who has wandered from the place where she began, as well as reflecting on the work of writers such as W.G. Sebald, Mavis Gallant, and Teju Cole.
Alix Ohlin's novel Inside was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers Trust Prize. She is also the author of The Missing Person, a novel, and two story collections, Signs and Wonders and Babylon and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and many other magazines and anthologies. Born and raised in Montreal, she currently lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
The Paget/Hoy Speakers Series was established in 1992 by Carolynn Hoy and the late J. Robert Paget. Attached to the Department of English at the University of Calgary, the series aims to enhance academic programs and the intellectual experience of students and faculty at the University of Calgary by bringing distinguished speakers to Calgary. Over the years, the Paget/Hoy Speakers Series has brought an impressive lineup to the city, including Nicole Brossard, Rosemary Sullivan, Carol Shields, Jane Urquhart, Dianne Chisholm, Sid Marty, and J. Hillis Miller.
This event is free and open to the public.