7:30pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Admission is free
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Catherine Bush is the author of four novels. The Rules of Engagement was a national bestseller and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Her third novel, Claire’s Head, was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award. Her latest book is Accusation.
An Accusation, regardless of truth, has its own life when let loose in the world. While in Copenhagen, Sara Wheeler happens upon a touring Ethiopian circus called Cirkus Mirak. Later, she drives its founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations.
Adrianne Harun teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, and is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The King of Limbo. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. In an isolated British Columbia town, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town.
Born in Montréal, Andrew Steinmetz is the author of a memoir, Wardlife, and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. His novel, Eva’s Threepenny Theatre won the 2009 City of Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Steinmetz is also the founding editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Véhicule Press.
In This Great Escape, Andrew Steinmetz tenderly reconstructs the life of a man seen by millions yet recognized by no one, whose history—from childhood flight from Nazism to suspicious death twenty years later—intersects bitterly, ironically, and often movingly with the plot of Sturges’s great war film.