Books and Brunch with Shani Mootoo

Even before her debut novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, rocked the literary world, Shani Mootoo had been making waves in the Canadian art scene. Be it her complex, lucid novels, her haunting poetry or her visual artistry, Mootoo’s work is always a pleasure.

Recorded live at the Lost and Found Cafe on W Hastings in Downtown Vancouver on May 25, 2014, this podcast features Shani Mootoo reading from her latest novel: Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab. The conversation is moderated by Spur Festival Director Helen Walsh.


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