7:30pm on Wednesday, May 11
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Zsuzsi Gartner discusses her latest book, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, and singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson reads from her debut novel, Joyner's Dream. *Let us know you're coming by registering here. 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.
In Better Living Through Plastic Explosives Zsuzsi Gartner delivers a powerful second dose of the lacerating satire that marked her acclaimed debut, All the Anxious Girls on Earth, but with even greater depth and darker humour. Whether she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood, international adoption, war photography, real estate, the movie industry, motivational speakers, or terrorism, Gartner fillets the righteous and the ridiculous with dexterity in equal, glorious measure. Each of these stories ruthlessly exposes our most secret desires and allows us to snort with laughter at the grotesque world we'd live in if we all got what we want (Source: Penguin Publishing).
Sylvia Tyson is a singer-songwriter who was one half of the famous folk duo, Ian and Sylvia. She has since recorded ten solo albums, and since 2000 has been recording and performing with the group Quartette. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Her debut novel, Joyner’s Dream is the sweeping story of a family and its dubious legacy: an abiding love of music coupled with a persistent knack for thieving. Beginning in England in the 1780s, continuing in Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion, and ending in Toronto in the present, eight larcenous generations from all walks of life—craftsmen and highwaymen, aristocrats and servants, lawyers and B-movie actors—are connected by music, a secret family journal and one long-lived violin. (Source: HarperCollins)