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Finding Treasure, Getting the Dirt: Comic Launch and DIY Research Workshop
Tue March 23 @ 19:00 - 20:30
On a cold March evening in Montreal, Cesario Lavery was walking home from a shift in an unfamiliar part of town when he stumbled across an old, discarded first-edition book of early literary criticism on the great Franz Kafka. When he cracked it open, he was amazed to discover that this was not only an extraordinary book, but a portal to the life of an extraordinary man – the book’s previous owner, one Dr Chaim Fischel Shatan.
(Der Eydes—The Witness) is Cesario’s ongoing serialized comic about the treasure he found and the treasure it led to. It is one part detective novel and one part biography, with generous heaps of autofiction and family history mixed in.
This 23rd of March, join us online for the launch of the first volume of this work and for Cesario’s talk on how and where to find your own portal-treasures, and how to hone your skills as unlicensed private detective as you track down their origin stories. We’ll discuss treasure-hunting, personal and/or family research, repatriation, and the ethics of carrying out this work from a decidedly non-academic standpoint. Learn where the goods are, how you can find them, your responsibilities and obligations as treasure-custodian, and how to listen for the stories these treasures can tell us.
This event is a part of our Microgrant Program for Creative or Cultural Exploration, which is funded by the Quebec Community Group Network’s Community Investment Fund.
This event is free and will be held over Zoom. Registration is necessary to receive the Zoom link.