7:30pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Cathie Borrie trained as a nurse in Vancouver and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Certificate in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver.
The Long Hello
The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. Between the two, a wondrously poetic dialogue develops, which Cathie further illuminates with childhood memories of her family, and her struggle to maintain a life outside her caregiving responsibilities.
Lynette Loeppky was born and raised in Manitoba and graduated from the University of Calgary. She has travelled extensively, and lived for a time in Europe, but counts amongst her greatest adventures the eight years she and her partner Cecile tended an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm in southern Alberta. She now lives in Calgary with her dogs, Noddy and Charlie. Cease is her first book.
Cease tells the story of a young woman who has decided to leave an eight-year relationship. As Lyn begins to plan her exit, her partner Cecile suddenly falls ill. In a tumultuous drop towards a complicated end, the young woman is forced to become sole care-giver to the woman she had been planning to leave.
Kara Stanley holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in Fugue, HipMama, and Paste. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
Kara Stanley combines the heart-wrenching narrative of a catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury her husband suffered after a fall with the latest research on the brain. She also describes the transformative role of music both before and during his continuing rehabilitation and his battle to return to work as a professional musician. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Stanley and her husband, as she explores what allows a marriage to grow and thrive amid pain, chaos, and uncertainty.