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Influential, challenging and provocative. This series explores dystopian societies worse than our own.....or are they?

Whether you've read the books or not, delve into some of Canada's most interesting literary creations that have changed the way we see, think and feel about our world.

These programs are made possible through a gift from the Ann Thoburn Fund.

Upcoming Events

The Dystopian Turn: From the Classic to the Contemporary Dystopia

Tue, May 01 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dystopias are imagined societies considered to be worse than our own, and they are ext...

Seeing Red: The Handmaid's Tale as Feminist Dystopia

Mon, May 07 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Although Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale was originally published in 1985, conte...

Nevil Shute's On the Beach, Oppenheimer, and the Slow Apocalypse

Tue, May 08 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

"The way the world ends/[is] not with a bang but a whimper." This epigraph from T.S. E...

Ads on the Moon: Corporate and Cultural Cosmopolitanisms in Cloud Atlas

Thu, May 24 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas explores community-building in conventional as well as in...

"Science is Politics by Other Means": Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy

Tue, May 29 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) tells the story ...