Reading Colonialism and its Aftermath – section A

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Bi-weekly; Week 2; Wednesday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Via Zoom  **  WORKSHOP WAITLISTED **

We will read twelve novels about colonialism and its lasting effects from the points of view of the colonized, rather than of the colonizers. We will explore colonial projects of Europeans and their descendants in the Indian subcontinent, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.

The twelve authors are Chinua Achebe, Natasha Brown, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Amitav Ghosh, Michelle Good, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Eka Kurniawan, Andrea Levy, Zakes Mda, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and M G Vassanji. Click the link below to find the reading list and schedule.

Each participant will select one of the readings to present to the group. Everyone is expected to do all the reading and be prepared to participate in the group discussion.


Maureen FitzGerald ( is an editor, an ex-academic (anthropology) and an ex-publisher. She loves reading fiction and is particularly interested in stories that contribute to conversations about the pressing issues of inequality.

Sally McLean ( is a retired intercultural communication consultant and continues to wrestle with social justice challenges. She leans towards workshops that push us to consider the troublesome social issues of our times.

Maureen and Sally have previously co-facilitated workshops on Race, Racism and Resistance; Displacement, Migration and Refuge; Toronto’s Housing Crisis; and Reimagining CanLit: New Writing, New Views.

Workshop Materials:

Reading List and Schedule