7:30pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Will Ferguson lives in Calgary, Alberta and has travelled extensively through Ecuador, Japan, and Northern Ireland. He has written more than a dozen books from travel guides to fiction that have won numerous awards.
419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. It’s a story of love in a time of darkness, of one woman’s search for redemption, and of a young boy who will triumph above it all.(Penguin.ca)
Yasuko Thanh won the 2009 Journey Prize for her short story “Floating like the Dead”. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Prairie Fire, Descant, PRISM International, and Vancouver Review.
In her sharply observed and erotically charged debut collection, Floating like the Dead, Thanh immerses us in the lives of people on the knife edge of desire and regret, hungry for change yet still yearning for a place to call home, if only for a little while. Many of the characters in these stories are expats, outlaws, and outsiders, some by choice, others by circumstance. Yet in their struggles to be themselves and to belong, they remind us of our own deepest longings and desires. With this seductive and emotionally compelling collection, Yasuko Thanh announces herself as an exciting new voice in Canadian fiction. (McClelland & Stewart)
*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.