7:30pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Admission is free
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist, editor and journalist, originally from Cape Breton Island, NS, now living in Edmonton, Alberta. Her latest collection of short stories Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize, was selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and one of The Globe & Mail’s Top 10 Books of 2013.
With astonishing range and depth, Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Coady captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
Eufemia Fantetti is a winner of the 2009 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest, the 7th annual Accenti Writing Contest and was a two-time finalist for the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition. Her fiction, nonfiction and plays have been published in the anthologies Contours, Beyond Crazy, eye wuz here and Fish 2012. Her new short fiction collection is A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love.
Funny, tender and poignant, A Recipe for Disaster is populated by quirky characters who blend desire, imperfect love and comfort food into the sweet and salty mix of daily life while they yearn for the sustenance of human connection.
Nancy Lee’s first book of fiction, Dead Girls, was named Book of the Year by NOW Magazine, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and she is the recipient of many grants, fellowships, and writing awards, including the Gabriel Award for Radio. The Age, is Nancy Lee’s debut novel.
The Age is at once a heartbreaking journey through adolescent recklessness and desire and a portrait of a generation shaped by nuclear anxiety. Set in Vancouver in 1984 as Soviet warships swarm the Atlantic, troubled teenager Gerry finds herself suddenly and strangely catapulted into adulthood. She escapes into a post-nuclear dystopia of her own creation and her real life and fantasy life alternate until a collision of events and consequences forces her towards life or death decisions in both worlds.