John Galt’s The Apostate Book Launch

Vocamus Editions is celebrating the launch of its new title, John Galt’s play The Apostate; Or, Atlantis Destroyed, edited by David J. Knight, with a party on Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM at the ANAF.

Join us for some fun, some drinks, and a performance of a scene from the play, performed by Scott McGovern, Orbax, Tony Saxon, Anne Marshall, Dana Berry Nagao, and Jeremy Luke Hill.

Published in 1814, The Apostate‘s portrayal of First Nations peoples was in many ways a real challenge to the colonial assumptions of the day. His 1833 prose version of the story, The New Atlantis, even furthered these challenges, and the two works were not well received by the public when they appeared.

Both are presented in this new edition, along with Susanna Moodie’s contemporary 1814 poem, “The Captive”, which makes similarly challenging social commentary on the evils of slavery and the plight of refugees. As early examples of Canadian activist writing, these works are overdue for reevaluation in a world still struggling with many of the injustices that they address.