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Media Release
October 20, 2017
Halifax, NS

Pier 21 Reads with Blaise Ndala

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is delighted to host Blaise Ndala as part of the author reading series, Pier 21 Reads. On Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m., come hear the Congolese-Canadian present his searing new novel Sans capote ni kalachnikov and speak on themes of immigration and Canadian identity. Narrated by two ex-rebel soldiers, Sans capote ni kalachnikov tells the story of a world obsessed with celebrity, rife with commodified poverty and takes a swipe at capitalism and war. The audience will learn from his first-hand experience as he shares his story and reads excerpts from his novel. This presentation is in French.

A special Q & A and book signing will follow and the novel will be available for purchase at the Pier 21 Gift Shop. Pier 21 Reads with Blaise Ndala is presented in partnership with Francofest and Alliance Française Halifax.

Pier 21 Reads with Blaise Ndala
Thursday, November 2
7:00 p.m.
Andrea & Charles Bronfman Theatre
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Quick Facts:

  • Pier 21 Reads is a public reading and book signing by an acclaimed Canadian author at the Museum which encourages dialogue on themes of immigration and Canadian identity.
  • Blaise Ndala was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country he left in 2003 to study law in Belgium. He settled in Ottawa, Canada in 2007.
  • Blaise Ndala’s first book J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor was published in 2014. His most recent novel Sans capote ni kalachnikov was a finalist for the Prix Ivoire pour la littérature africaine d’expression francophone in 2017.


Quotes:

“I’m so excited to offer Pier 21 reads in French for the first time ever. Blaise Ndala’s writing is informed by his life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, his studies in Belgium and his current life in Canada. His work makes us confront our lack of understanding of the DRC, and the simplified version of the country that lack of knowledge creates. As a writer and a lawyer, Blaise will open us all to issues that we might not have otherwise taken into account. This event is a must for any francophone, Francophile, or follower of global politics.” - Alexandra Cherry, Public Programs Coordinator, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

"I look forward Pier 21 Reads because there is no greater happiness for an author than to meet an audience composed of people who believe in the capacity of imagined worlds in books to provoke self-discovery, and to transform our world. I invite book lovers to come and quench their curiosity for an open discussion on the theme of ‘egocharity’ that is throughout my novel, Sans capote ni kalachnikov. All are invited to learn how our actions, sometimes our inactions, often determine the fate of the millions of human beings living at the antipodes of our capitalist democracies.” - Blaise Ndala

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

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Media Contact
Beatrice Houston Gilfoy, Communications Specialis
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
bhouston-gilfoy@pier21.ca