Under the Visible Life tells the stories of two women, Katherine and Mahsa, who grow up leading very different lives, yet who are both touched by the ache of loss, the stigma of difference, and the joys and frustrations of motherhood. Mahsa and Katherine, both musicians, also share an obsession with jazz; their friendship blooms from the seeds of intense musical passion and blossoms through the parallels of their early adult lives, as their dreams and sacrifices as women, mothers, and lovers unfold.
Under the Visible Life takes readers from the bustling harbour of Karachi to the palpable political tension on the streets of 1970s Montreal to the smoky jazz clubs of New York City. Deeply affecting, vividly rendered, and sweeping in scope, it is also an exploration of the hearts of two unforgettable women and their beautiful friendship: a meditation on how hope can remain alive in the darkest of times when we have someone with whom to share our burdens.
Aurora’s Jan Freedman of Jan’s Country Pantry is the creator of artisan award-winning, one-of-a-kind preserves. You won't want miss out on her signature limited edition Jazzy Peach Bourbon Jam and Sassy Mango Chutney created for the OBOA community project. A definite must for foodies and connoisseurs!
While quantities last.
Use your creative skills to bring your music experience to the viewer in this OBOA-inspired photography contest. Get close and intimate at a live performance or introspective with your art as you listen to a favourite piece.
Winners to be announced at APL’s Ontario Public Library Week Open House on Monday, October 17th. Winning entries will be featured in the Auroran.
1st Prize: two free passes for a movie night and a hardcopy of Under the Visible Life
2nd Prize: a hardcopy of Under the Visible Life
Employees/Judges/Board members of APL and their immediate families are ineligible to win.
Kim Echlin’s two central characters reflect an important truth about being human – that the creative spirit and the human impulse to make art enable us to find meaning and possibly even identity in a chaotic and at times seemingly harsh world.
Join the Tuesday Night Philosophy club for a discussion on the meaning of art and the human experience. More information.
Join author and zine artist, Marnie Maguire, for an exploration in character development. Marnie will guide you through a repertoire of meditation techniques and quirky writing prompts that will give an original and intriguing voice to your character. More information
Of interest to writers of fiction, poetry or memoir.
Greg King has been photographing jazz musicians since 1981, specializing in live performances. For him, the performers are his muses, and in this pop-up exhibit curated especially for the OBOA project, King’s intimate style conveys the essence of the women in jazz he documents.
With appreciation to Library Services Centre (LSC) for their support.