LivesFamily_r4_01(Linotype-Tasse) (1)Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance

by Denise Chong

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“Our critics’ favourite books of 2013 “A masterful storyteller at the peak of her writing career, Vancouver-born Denise Chong has written a worthy historical follow-up to her bestselling 1994 family memoir, The Concubine’s ChildrenLives of the Family features evocative tales of Chinese immigrants in Ottawa in the middle of the 20th century. By detailing their experiences alongside the challenges and outright horrors endured by family members in China, Chong seamlessly conveys an enormous amount of historical information in compelling narrative tales. Bravo.” Georgia Strait, Vancouver


Author appearances 2014

Jan. 14,  Ottawa, Carleton University Art Gallery, with Matthew Bellamy

Jan. 25, T and T Supermarket, Ottawa, book signing

Jan. 29, Victoria University of Victoria, McPherson Library, Room 129 (Mearns Centre for Learning)

Jan. 29, University of Victoria Provost’s Diversity Research Forum: “Critical Conversations: Arts, Allies and Activism”

Jan. 31, Ottawa Historical Society of Ottawa, Routhier Community Centre

Feb. 5, Ottawa Abbotsford House

Mar. 6, Ottawa, International Women’s Day Program, Chinese-Canadian Heritage Center, 397 Kent, book signing, 11 am to 1 pm

April 6, Hamilton gritLit Festival, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King, 10:30 am (Writing Workshop: Tell Our Tales: Family stories, the power and flaws of memory, issues of privacy and respect.)

April 6, Hamilton gritLit Festival,  3 pm. With Saleema Nawaz and Dannabang Kuwabong and a conversation about identity and the impact of cultural heritage on story telling.

April 7, Toronto University of Toronto East Asian Library, 130 George  St. 8th floor, 2:30 pm

April 8, Toronto Agincourt Public Library, 6:30 pm

April 24, Ottawa Golden Palace Restaurant, 2195 Carling Ave. Luncheon talk

May 1, Calgary Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 Street SW, Reading with Lorri Nielsen Glenn, 7:30 pm

May 2, University of Calgary Social Sciences Building, Lounge Room SS17, 2pm

May 3, Calgary, Creative Non-Fiction Collective, Workshop: “Writing the World” 9 am

May 6, Winnipeg, McNally Robinson Bookstore, 7:30 pm

May 7, Winnipeg, Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6:30 pm

One Response to News

  1. Greetings: With great excitement I discovered a link to this page while searching for information regarding the “All Chinese Aces” Hockey team. My father-in law, William E. Quinn played along with his brother “Sonny” George Fong Quinn Junior on this very team. This revelation surfaced when the Joe brothers arrived to pay their respects at “Grampa’s” funeral service. I have been very unsuccessful in my search for the origins of the original three “Quinn” boys who arrived on Canadian soils and separated (Charlie and George Quinn Sr. to Montreal and Peydra to Cuba?) My husband’s Grandfather (George) and caucasian Grandmother (Margaret McBain, shunned from her Glengarry Settler family of Moosecreek Ontario) raised six boys and one daughter and moved from Montreal to Pembroke, settling in Ottawa in the 20’s. They operated the St. James restaurant in Ottawa and all six boys served in the military….I have many newspaper clippings gathered and very many unanswered stories. Alas, my father-in-law was the last surviving member of the family and I just can’t close the many loops of history.

    Dianne Quinn, Prince George B.C.

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