7:30pm on Wednesday, April 22 2015
Admission is free, click here to register
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Just a reminder, registration is to guide us as to approximate attendance numbers, and it does not guarantee admission. Admission is always on a first-come-first-served basis because it is a free event in partnership with the VPL.
We are expecting a full house so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7pm.
Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s best loved writers, is the author of seven internationally acclaimed novels including The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award, and The Stone Carvers, a finalist for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and in 2005 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Jane Urquhart lives in Northumberland County Ontario, Canada, and occasionally in Ireland.
The Night Stages
Set mainly in a remote area of County Kerry in the ’40s and ’50s, Jane Urquhart’s stunning new novel tells the story of Tam, an English woman in her thirties who has decided to leave her lover Niall. The airliner she is travelling on becomes grounded by fog at and as she waits, she revisits not only the circumstances that brought her to Ireland but her intense relationship with Niall and his growing despondency over his younger brother Kieran’s disappearance years before.
Emily Urquhart is a writer and folklorist. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award for an article published in The Walrus about folklore and human differences, inspired by her daughter who has albinism. It has since been expanded into a book, Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes. Emily lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and daughter.
Beyond the Pale
The story begins on St. Stephen's Day, 2010, when the author gives birth to a baby girl named Sadie Jane who has a shock of snow-white hair. A journalist and folklore scholar accustomed to processing the world through other people's stories, Emily is drawn to understanding her child's difference by researching the cultural beliefs associated with albinism worldwide. While navigating new territory as a first-time parent of a child with a disability, Emily embarks on a three-year journey across North America and Africa to discover how we explain human differences.