Anakana Schofield with Michelle Dean
Were there not COVID, and were the border between our neighbors to the north and we open, we likely would have been presenting this reading by award-winning Vancouver writer Anakana Schofield for her newly published novel, Bina: A Novel in Warnings (New York Review of Books).
“Bina is a fiction of the rarest and darkest kind, a work whose pleasures must be taken measure for measure with its pains. Few writers operate the scales of justice with more precision ... The novel’s themes—male violence, the nature of moral courage, the contemporary problems of truth and individuality, the status of the female voice—could hardly be more timely or germane. Schofield’s sense of injustice is unblinking and without illusion, yet her writing is so vivacious, so full of interest and lust for life: she is the most compassionate of storytellers, wearing the guise of the blackest comedian.”—Rachel Cusk.
“Intimate, disarming, and riotous, Bina is a searing exploration of one woman’s soul that unwinds like a reluctant confession. Whether Bina is rescuing a ne’er-do-well from a ditch, taking a hammer to a plane or considering the dark request of her best friend, Schofield has created a compelling, practical everywoman—a woman who has had enough and is ready to make a spectacle.”—Eden Robinson.
Appearing in conversation with Anakana Schofield this evening is Los Angeles-based Canadian writer Michelle Dean, most recently author of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.