PEN Canada and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival are pleased to announce the full lineup for the PEN Picks documentary series.
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PEN Canada and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival are pleased to announce that Vincent Lam, Camilla Gibb, Miriam Toews, and Linwood Barclay will headline the PEN Picks series.
Every three weeks, starting Feb.10, a celebrated Canadian writer will present a documentary of their choice at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Each author will discuss their personal interest in the film after the screening, and will participate in a Q&A with the audience.
Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam (Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, The Headmaster’s Wager) will open the series on Feb. 10 with Hatsumi, which follows one grandmother’s journey through the Japanese Canadian internment.
In March, Trillium Book Award winner Camilla Gibb (Sweetness in the Belly, The Beauty of Humanity Movement) and Governor General Award-winning fiction writer Miriam Toews (A Complicated Kindness, the forthcoming All My Puny Sorrows) will present their PEN Picks. Gibb’s selection, The Unknown Famine, was the first documentary to report on the horrific famine in Ethiopia to western audiences. Toews will host a screening of Marwencol, a documentary on the imaginary World War II–era town a man creates after he loses his memory after a near-death beating.
Internationally bestselling thriller writer Linwood Barclay (A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes) will host the final screening of the series on April 14. Sons of Perdition follows three teenage boys in their bid to break free of a cultist polygamist community. “The boys’ struggles to make it on their own, with mixed success, and the resulting banishment from their families is inspiring yet heartbreaking,” Barclay said.
Single tickets for events are $15 ($12 for Bloor Hot Docs Cinema members) and series passes are $45 ($36 for Bloor Hot Docs cinema members) and can be purchased online at www.bloorcinema.com or in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office (506 Bloor St. W.).
PEN Picks lineup
PEN Picks: Vincent Lam hosts Hatsumi
Monday, February 10, 6:15 p.m.
PEN Picks: Camilla Gibb hosts The Unknown Famine and Ye Wonz Maibel: Deluge
Monday, March 3, 6:15 p.m.
PEN Picks: Miriam Toews hosts Marwencol
Monday, March 24, 6:15 p.m.
PEN Picks: Linwood Barclay hosts Sons of Perdition
Monday, April 14, 6:15 p.m.
All screenings take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.