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Vancouver, Canada
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25 Jul 20·4:00 PMuntil5:30 PM

CAG Reads

Marina Roy presents Anakana Schofield

Online via Zoom

A cover of a book titled Anakana Schofield. On a white background, the capital letter b and the small letters: i, n, and a are printed.

We are pleased to announce our third installment of CAG Reads, a book club where artists invite us to read alongside them. Each month an artist proposes a book for our collective reading pleasure, culminating in a virtual hangout where the artist leads a wide-ranging discussion grounded in their chosen reading material.

This July, CAG Reads will be hosted by artist and educator Marina Roy. Cross-disciplinary in scope, Roy’s work investigates the intersections between materials, history, language, and the grotesque. She is particularly interested in exploring the need for posthuman and nonhuman perspectives. Her work has been exhibited by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Artspeak, Or Gallery, and Will Aballe Art Projects, amongst other venues, and her book sign after the X was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2001. Roy is Associate Professor in the department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. This fall, her new book Queuejumping will be released by Information Office.

For this month’s installment, Roy has chosen the novel Bina (2019) by Anakana Schofield. Bina explores aging, illness and male manipulation through its titular character, a 74-year old woman accused of a crime so serious she cannot even talk about it directly. Described by Schofield as a “story told through warnings,” this novel follows Schofield’s award-winning predecessors, Malarky (2013) and Martin John (2015).

Getting the book

For our local participants, an audiobook copy of Bina can be found here through the Vancouver Public Library.

For readers interested in picking up a copy, here in Vancouver both Massy Books and Pulp Fiction have reopened and are available to order Bina ($14.70 + tax)