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Confronting Hate: A conversation with Barbara Leimsner and Monia Mazigh

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


How can we as individuals—and authors, thinkers, & advocates—keep each other hopeful and stand up collectively in the face of rising hate and Islamophobia in the world?

Join Octopus Books for a community conversation with Barbara Leimsner, author of Quitting the Master Race, and Monia Mazigh, author of Gendered Islamophobia.

Tuesday, April 23, 7pm – 8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Woodside Hall, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper St, Ottawa
Refreshments provided.
RSVP for this free event at https://octopusbooks.ca/events/33777

In Quitting the Master Race, Barbara Leimsner confronts the past to discover how one ordinary man—her adored German papa—became thoroughly indoctrinated with Nazi ideology during the Hitler years. As she weaves together the roots of her shameful inheritance, she also discovers deeper truths about herself—and the cure for hate. This thoughtful, compelling story examines the ever-present threat of racism and far-right ideologies, as well as issues of inter-generational memory, identity, and trauma.

In Gendered Islamophobia, Monia Mazigh describes the struggles faced daily by hijab-wearing Muslim women in Canada, and the assumptions and prejudices which confront them daily in the streets, workplaces, universities, and the media.

The facilitator for the event will be Kevin Skerrett, Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University and former Senior Research Officer for CUPE.

Part of the Authors Unbound literary event series.


April 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Octopus Books
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Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
290 Lisgar Street
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