7:30pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. Among the many awards he has received are two Governor General’s Awards, The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize. He has received many honours including the Order of Canada. His new book is Daddy Lenin and Other Stories.
Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
Guy Vanderhaeghe returns to the form that launched his literary career. These nine timely and resonant stories focus on masculinity as its defining subject, finding its men at various stages in their lives—from adolescence to middle-age—and traversing locales from urban to rural. This new collection showcases Vanderhaeghe’s supreme talent as a storyteller and poignant observer of the human condition.
Mark Anthony Jarman
Mark Anthony Jarman’s writings run the gamut from fiction to poetry to travel writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has won the Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award and the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize. He currently teaches at the University of New Brunswick and is the fiction editor of The Fiddlehead.
Knife Party at the Hotel Europa
A man travels to Italy to escape the memory of love lost and a marriage ended. He suffers the acute loneliness of one who has abandoned and been abandoned, and in this exquisite suffering, he finds how beautiful this life can be. In vivid, sensuous prose, Jarman’s stories circle and overlap in surprising, weird, and wonderful ways.
Joan Thomas’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second, Curiosity, was a Quill and Quire Book of the Year. She lives in Winnipeg. The Opening Sky is her new book.
The Opening Sky
Liz, Aiden, and Sylvie are an urban, urbane, progressive family: Aiden's a therapist who refuses to own a car; Liz is an ambitious professional; Sylvie is a smart and independant 19 year-old. Things seem to be going according to plan. Then the present and the past collide in a crisis that shatters the complacency of all three. Liz and Sylvie are forced to confront a tragedy from years before, when four children went missing at an artists' retreat.