7:30pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Linden MacIntyre is a co-host of the CBC's Fifth Estate. He has won nine Gemini Awards and three Gordon Sinclair Awards for his thought-provoking broadcast journalism. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year.
In MacIntyre's latest offering, Why Men Lie, Effie MacAskill Gillis, now middle-aged, feels immunized against the damage men can do and enjoys a hard-won independence. But then a chance encounter with an old friend on a subway platform changes everything. He seems to have outgrown the need for telling lies, a quality that Effie finds irresistable, and she gambles her emotional resources as she never has before. Only to learn that men must lie, and that the consequences of an unexpected lie can be disastrous. (RandomHouse.ca)
Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam. Born in Canada, Dr.Lam currently resides in Toronto, where he is a lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lam's first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has recently been adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada.
Dr. Lam's latest book, The Headmaster's Wager, tells the story of Percival Chen, a headmaster at the most respected English school in Saigon. Percival is a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer who is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. When his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.
Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a richly drawn historical and physical landscape, The Headmaster's Wager is a riveting story of love, betrayal and sacrifice. (RandomHouse.ca)
*Please let us know you are attending by registering in advance. Please note that registration is so that we know how many people to expect. Admission on the night is always on a first-come-first-served basis.