In Conversation with Esi Edugyan

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Saturday, September 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

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When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black, an eleven year-old field slave, is terrified to be chosen as manservant to one of these men. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, an explorer, an inventor and an abolitionist. Soon, Washington is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.

But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Washington’s head, Wilde must choose between family bonds and Washington’s life. Washington Black is an electrifying story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption that asks the question, what is true freedom?

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind.

In Conversation With… is a speaker series providing you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors.

Tickets $25

For more information visit OakvilleCentre.ca

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