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ALU Indie Reading Room w/ Addie Tsai + Taslim Burkowicz

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

All Lit Up brings you its first-ever Indie Reading Room, a series dedicated to bringing readings into the comfort of your home twice a week

About this Event
Join us on Zoom for virtual readings from authors Addie Tsai who will read from her debut novel Dear Twin (Metonymy Press) and Taslim Burkowicz who will read from her second novel The Desirable Sister (Roseway Publishing). The event will also feature a short Q&A with each author and we will be taking your questions both in advance and live.

When: Friday, May 29
Time: 2-3pm EST / 11am -12pm PDT / 12-1pm MDT / 1-2pm CDT / 3-4pm Atlantic / 3:30-4:30 pm NL

RSVP to mandy@lpg.ca or register via Eventbrite.


A Zoom invite link will be sent directly to your inbox closer to the event as well as a PDF that includes the excerpts our featured authors will be reading from.

Along with your RSVP, please send your author questions in advance (mandy@lpg.ca) or be prepared to type them into our Zoom chat during the event.

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About the authors

Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. Addie holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere. She is the Nonfiction Editor at The Grief Diaries and Senior Associate Editor in Poetry at The Flexible Persona.

Taslim Burkowicz’s work is inspired both by her Indo-Canadian heritage, as well as her global travels and experiences. Her first novel, Chocolate Cherry Chai, was listed on CBC Books’ 2017 Fall Preview list. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Simon Fraser University. Taslim resides with her husband and three boys in Surrey, B.C., where she focuses on writing, running and dancing.

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About the books

Dear Twin

Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of nineteen letters, one for each year of their lives.

When not excavating childhood memories, Poppy is sneaking away with her girlfriend Juniper, the only person who understands her. But negotiating the complexities of queer love and childhood trauma are anything but simple. And as a twin? That’s a whole different story.

The Desirable Sister

Gia and Serena Pirji are sisters, but as the first-generation born in Canada to immigrant parents, their lives play out in different ways because of their skin tone. Gia’s fair skin grants her membership to cliques of white kids as a teen, while Serena’s dark skin means she is labelled as Indian and treated as inferior. This superficial difference, imposed by a society obsessed with skin colour and hierarchy, sets the sisters into a dynamic that plays out throughout their lives. In a world where white skin is preferable, the sisters are pitted against each other through acts of revenge and competition as they experience adultery, ruined friendships, domestic abuse, infertility and motherhood.

Taslim Burkowicz’s vivid, sensory-rich writing style brings readers to the party scene in Goa, suburban supermarkets in Vancouver and a safari in Africa, where Gia and Serena navigate through the highs and lows of a tumultuous, loving relationship. The Desirable Sister reveals the bitter games of treachery women are forced to play to achieve the ranks of beauty and success, and ultimately shows the strength of love between sisters.

About All Lit Up

All Lit Up is an independent online bookstore and blog showcasing and selling Canada’s best literature published by members of the Literary Press Group.


May 29
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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