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An Evening with Edem Awumey and Blaise Ndala

This Black History Month, join two award-winning local authors for their perspectives on what it means to be Black in Canada. Edem Awumey is the author of five novels, including Port-Mélo (2006), which won the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire, and Explication de la nuit (2013). Its English translation, Descent into Night, won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2018. Blaise Ndala has written three novels, Dans le ventre du Congo (2021), Sans capote ni kalachnikov (2019) and J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (2014), which has been optioned for film. Together, they will read excerpts of their works, while engaging in a lively discussion with moderator and author Kalula Kalambay about their experiences as Black Canadians.

In French, with simultaneous translation into English. The event will begin at 1:00 a.m. on Zoom (registration required). We would like to inform those in Canada that the date and time reflects the time zone of Frankfurt, Germany. (February 11, 7:00 p.m. in Ottawa)

The recording will be posted here, on this page, as well as on YouTube the following week.


Presented by the Canadian Museum of History with the support of TD Bank Group.