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An Evening with Shani Mootoo

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An Evening with Shani Mootoo


A reading and book signing with Visiting Distinguished Writer Shani Mootoo.

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and has lived in Canada for close to forty years. She is a visual artist, video maker, and fiction writer. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, most notably at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Queens Museum, NYC, and at the Venice Biennale.

Her videos include "English Lesson", "Wild Woman in The Woods" and "Her Sweetness Lingers" and have been screened in film and video festivals and art exhibitions locally, and internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

Mootoo's novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki's Daughter, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is a recipient of the recipient of the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature, a Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize.

Mootoo Lives in Southern Ontario.

Photo: Ramesh Pooran



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