Page tUUrners: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

When:
May 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2018-05-11T13:00:00-07:00
2018-05-11T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Ocean Park
Contact:
Gwen Mackinnon

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada’s national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for asylum. (adapted from Good Reads)