Rooted and Riveting - with Rabih Alameddine, Michael Crummey and Heather O'Neill

Recorded at Waterfront Theatre on October 23, 2014

In his new novel, Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine paints a portrait of a passionate, introverted woman whose mind ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut with all its beauty and horror. Michael Crummey, intimately tied to his compelling home of Newfoundland, brings us the cunning Moses Sweetland. This new Crummey creation ranks with fiction’s most unforgettable characters as he ducks and swerves to stay on the island that shaped him—a place both beautiful and lethal. And Heather O’Neill’s hopelessly promiscuous and charming Montreal twins bring to life Boulevard St. Laurent in its fin-de-siècle 1990s slump. These are three captivating characters whose home turfs are just as compelling as they are.

One of the most celebrated voices of the Middle East, Rabih Alameddine is the author of the story collection The Perv and the novels Koolaids, The Hakawati, I, the Divine, and most recently, An Unnecessary Woman. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.




Michael Crummey’s first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second novel, The Wreckage, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2005 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Galore, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Crummey’s latest novel is Sweetland. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.




Heather O’Neill’s first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, earned accolades around the world, including winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was named as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. She is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, The Montreal Gazette and The Walrus. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is her new novel. She lives in Montreal.