7:30pm on Wednesday, December 7
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Canadian writer Heather Jessup discusses her debut novel The Lightning Field, and journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee discusses his new memoir, Measure of a Man.
*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.
Set against the backdrop of Cold War Toronto, Heather Jessup's The Lightning Field moves from the thrilling construction of the Avro Arrow—the most advance jet plane of its time, whose wings Peter Jacobs has engineered; to his wife Lucy’s search for meaning in the dead-ends and cul-de-sacs of post-war suburbia. Amongst loss and unexpected offerings, personal dismantling and reassembly, this tragic yet hopeful novel sets the loves and discordant desires of one family against the cold yet endless possibilities of space.
For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his closet, his late father's last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past
Taking as its starting point a son's decision to alter his late father's last remaining suit for himself, Measure of a Man is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out -- and discovering what it means to be your own man.