“Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece—just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.” Jhumpa Lahiri
At the core of all my work is the exploration of home: how to find, define or create it. I’m fascinated by this issue likely because I was born in a country where I could never secure citizenship, raised in another country, but always felt at home in the country of my original culture, a place I’ve only visited for brief periods of time throughout my life and miss every day.
Given these circumstances it is difficult to find a place where you belong. This topic will be explored at our spring reading event, entitled, Travel, Place, Identity: Unpacking the Idea of Home scheduled for May 17th at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center in Whistler. The event features four authors, including Pat Ardley, Amy Fung, Becky Livingston Geoff Powter, and will explore how our identity and our understanding of home is influenced by where we live, or where we travel.