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Billy-Ray Belcourt on A Minor Chorus: A Novel: Fiction

Saturday, November 19 @ 7:00 pm

On Demand (Virtual)

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In Billy-Ray Belcourt’s A Minor Chorus: A Novel, set against the stark expanse of Northern Alberta, a queer Indigenous doctoral student steps away from his dissertation to write a novel. His work is informed by a series of poignant encounters, including a heart-to-heart with fellow doctoral student River over the mounting pressure placed on marginalized scholars, and a meeting with Michael, a closeted man from his hometown whose vulnerability and loneliness punctuate the realities of queer life on the fringe. Woven throughout these conversations are memories of Jack, a cousin caught in the cycle of police violence, drugs, and survival. Jack’s life parallels the narrator’s own; the possibilities of escape and imprisonment are left to chance with colonialism stacking the odds.