Koffler Centre of the Arts Announces Winter 2021 Books & Ideas Series


A series of online literary events highlighting women’s histories, decolonial and anti-authoritarian movements, and experimental literature

The Koffler’s year-round Books & Ideas series spotlights provocative writers, novelists and thinkers, celebrating literary excellence and fostering critical dialogue through compelling book launches, author talks and in-depth interviews.

This winter, in conjunction with programming across the Koffler’s multidisciplinary art streams, Books & Ideas highlights the female voice, women’s histories, decolonial and anti-authoritarian movements, and experimental literature, presenting a series of virtual events on our online platform.

Dr. Ann Heberlein with Ken Krimstein
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 6–7 PM | FREE | Register Now

The season opens with the Canadian launch of Dr. Ann Heberlein’s On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt, translated by Alice Menzies. In an utterly unique approach to biography, On Love and Tyranny traces the life and work of the iconic German Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt, whose political philosophy and understandings of evil, totalitarianism, love, and exile prove essential amid the rise of the refugee crisis and authoritarian regimes around the world.

American author and cartoonist, Ken Krimstein (The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt – A Tyranny of Truth), will host the online conversation.

Tenille K. Campbell with Joshua Whitehead
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 7–8 PM | FREE | Register Now

The Koffler presents the launch of Dene/Métis author and photographer Tenille K. Campbell’s new poetry collection, nedί nezų (Good Medicine). With a knowing smile, this book side-eyes the political existence and celebrates the lived experience of an Indigenous woman falling in love and lust with those around her – but, most importantly, with herself.

Tenille K. Campbell will join Oji-nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer author and 2021 Canada Reads Finalist, Joshua Whitehead (Jonny Appleseed), in a virtual conversation.

Larissa Lai with Kai Cheng Thom
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 7–8 PM | FREE | Register Now

The season concludes with award-winning writer Larissa Lai and her new book, Iron Goddess of Mercy. Inspired by the tumultuous history of Hong Kong, from the Japanese and British occupations to the ongoing pro-democracy protests, this long poem interrogates the complicated notion of identity, offering a prism through which the term ‘Asian’ can be understood to make sense of a complex set of relations.

Larissa Lai will appear in an online conversation with writer, performer, and cultural worker, Kai Cheng Thom (I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes at the End of the World).

For full details on all of our Books & Ideas programs, including both audio and video links to past programs, please click here.

Books & Ideas was launched with the generous support of Dorothy Shoichet & Family and the Estate of Joseph Koenig. Thanks to our generous event patrons and booksellers: Rob and Cheryl McEwen, Peter Lyman and Judith Moses, House of Anansi Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Ben McNally Books, Another Story Bookshop, Glad Day Bookshop.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, performances, literary events, digital initiatives and arts education programs. We examine complex issues through transformative art experiences that stimulate intercultural dialogue and promote social change. Through our in-gallery and off-site programs, the Koffler engages thousands of visitors each year. From school children and teens, to newcomers and seniors, we provide vital opportunities for self-expression and community connection, including to those in greatest need.

As a Jewish organization, we value – and aim to foster – social justice and equality while nurturing a passion for learning and understanding. We position Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices to examine complex issues in a respectful, constructive way. These principles support the Koffler’s engagement with the best contemporary creative minds in producing and presenting art that provides common ground for experiences shaping our shared cultural life and defining our social values.

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Author Photos: Dr. Ann Heberlein, photo by Sofia Runarsdotter; Tenille K. Campbell, photo by Emma Love; Larissa Lai, photo by Monique de St. Croix.


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The Koffler Gallery and its administrative offices are located at Artscape Youngplace, in Toronto’s vibrant West Queen West art and design district. The Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of the Koffler Family Foundation, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our donors and patrons. The Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.