Reading Club: Diasporic Fictions – Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Free admission
Date and time
Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 6 PM to 7 PM

Join the PHI Foundation Education team as we read and discuss novels related to our upcoming exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting.

At the Reading Club, we will informally exchange about different themes in the books that reflect the complexities and the plurality of voices of the diasporas.

Each participant will be responsible for getting their own copy. We encourage you, whenever possible, to support your independent local bookstores. 

The third novel that will be discussed is Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6 PM (EST)
Zoom: 953 5501 3539 | Password: phibook301
Pages to read: 1-107

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6 PM (EST)
Zoom: 968 1756 8538 | Password: phibook302
Pages to read: 110-189

These events will be bilingual, in French and English.

Duration: 60 min

About Split Tooth
A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

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