As her sophomore life begins, Karen enjoys the heady embrace of new friends, ideas and independence. In love with a frat boy, seduced by the intellect of her spirited feminist friends, the enthusiastic didacticism of campus life soon finds Karen torn between two bitterly polarised camps. Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction, Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word is a brilliant, take-no-prisoners account of rape culture on campus.
Chair: Lucia Osborne-Crowley
Supported by Canada Council
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Sarah Henstra’s first novel for adults, The Red Word, won the Canadian Governor General’s Award. She is a Professor of English at Ryerson University and the author of the young adult novel Mad Miss Mimic.
Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a writer, journalist, and researcher in constitutional and human rights law. Her first book, I Choose Elena, based on her celebrated Meanjin essay, will be published in 2019.
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