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The Hitch

Roxane Gay
Chaired by Ann Mossop
Sun 5 April 4:30pm Centennial Hall
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Sun 5 April 4:30pm Centennial Hall
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In this keynote event, Roxane Gay calls out her dangerous realities and shows why she’s considered one the world’s most brilliant commentators.

Delivering the first Christopher Hitchens’ Oration last year, Stephen Fry urged us to consider that dangerous realities, rather than dangerous ideas, should be our main cause for concern. The 10th FODI has taken that idea as its theme for the festival and, in this special keynote session, Roxane Gay will speak her truth to these dangers. Writer, professor and commentator, she is the ‘bad feminist’ who is unafraid to call out privilege, hypocrisy, and entrenched social injustice. For her, inclusion and universality are not the same thing and it’s dangerous to agree on everything we think, say, or do. ‘The Hitch’ was named in honour of the great contrarian Christopher Hitchens and, with the baton being passed to Roxane Gay this year, we can expect a few feathers to be ruffled.

This session is made possible thanks to the support of the Vasudhara Foundation and The Berg Family Foundation.

When I write something, my work is not meant to be universal. My opinions don’t invalidate yours. And I don’t have to account for every reality in every piece. Inclusion and universality are not synonymous.
Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.