Reframing Community with Ian Williams (Episode 52)

We're joined by Giller-winning author and professor Ian Williams to reframe community — or what we’re summing up as connections and collisions in both writing and living. He shares with us about the community he finds in his writing, while we share with him about community that we find in his characters. Through Ian’s lens we also explore the nature of disappointment as ambitious people, failure, loneliness, reaching out into the world, and giving yourself away. Buddhism and the search for an informed  Christianity also make their way into our conversation.

Ian Williams is the author of six books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His latest book, Disorientation, considers the impact of racial encounters on ordinary people. His novel Reproduction won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was published in Canada, the US, the UK, and Italy. His poetry collection Word Problems converts the ethical and political issues of our time into math and grammar problems. It won the Raymond Souster award.

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