Su Sokol: ‘Cycling to Asylum’, reading and discussion (Nov 27)

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sokolSu Sokol is cyclist, activist and novelist based in Montreal and originally from New York. On Nov 27 she’ll be at Roll for the Soul reading from her recent novel Cycling to AsylumMike White, co-editor of Boneshaker Magazine, will introduce passages from the novel and will join Su (and you!) in discussion of conditions for urban cyclists in cities like Bristol.

Cycling to Asylum

In a near-future New York subject to an increasingly authoritarian and hostile government, Laek, a non-conformist history teacher, finds that he can no longer hide his radical past. After a brutal confrontation with the NYPD, he flees the United States with Janie, an activist lawyer, and their two kids, Siri and Simon. They cross the border by bicycle into Québec by posing as eco-tourists. In a Montréal that the future has also transformed, the family faces new challenges: convincing the authorities to grant them refugee status and integrating into Québec society. Will they find safety in their new home? Told from the points of view of the four family members, Cycling to Asylum is a unique work.

Su J. Sokol is an activist, a cyclist, and a writer of speculative and interstitial fiction. Originally from Brooklyn, Su studied law and philosophy before becoming a community lawyer specializing in housing. She immigrated to Canada in 2004 and now lives in Montréal with her family. Su works for a community organisation as a social rights advocate. Her short stories have been published in Spark: A Creative Anthology and The Future Fire. Cycling to Asylum is her first novel. Visit her website at

Following a format that has worked successfully at events in the US and Canada, Su will read passages from Cycling to Asylum to prompt discussion of conditions for cyclists in cities. The event is being hosted with our good friends at Boneshaker Magazine, and you’ll be able to pick up current and past copies of this rather beautiful publication on the night. You’ll also be able to buy signed copies of Su’s book.

Come along if you have an interest in cycling activism and want to discuss with others the ways in which we can improve conditions for biking in our cities.

7.30pm to 9.00pm. Free entry.