7:30pm on Wednesday January 20, 2016
Admission is free.
Alice McKay Room, VPL Central Branch
Andrew Battershill (US) - Pillow
Andrew Battershill is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, where he was the fiction editor and co-founder of Dragnet Magazine.
Pillow is a gentle soul reluctantly living a life of crime. As a former professional boxer, he isn’t cut out for much else, and so accepts his place a low-level enforcer for the mob. That is, until he accidentally impregnates his neighbor and decides to 'go straight.' A dark, witty literary crime novel, Pillow punches above its weight.
Pauline Holdstock (BC) - The Hunter and the Wild Girl
Pauline Holdstock is the author of six novels, including Into the Heart of the Country, longlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize, and Beyond Measure, winner of the Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction and shortlisted for both the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Canada and Caribbean Region.
The Hunter and the Wild Girl
In nineteenth century France, the path of a feral girl cross with a reclusive taxidermist when she escapes from a crowd of angry townspeople onto his abandoned estate. Bonding over their mutual ‘outsider’ status, they form an easy coexistence, but the girl can only hide for so long though and they are soon forced to face both past choices and society itself.
Billie Livingston (BC) - The Crooked Heart of Mercy
Billie Livingston is the author of three novels and short stories, including the Danuta Gleed and CBC Bookie award-winning collection Greedy Little Eyes, and poetry. Her previous novel, One Good Hustle, a Globe and Mail Best Book, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award.
The Crooked Heart of Mercy
Ben, Maggie and Francis have all hit rock bottom. Ben, a limo driver, loses his son and wakes up in a psyche ward with a hole in his head he can’t explain. Maggie, Ben’s wife, is too stricken by grief to reach out to her husband. And Francis, Maggie’s brother, is an alcoholic priest whose latest drunken antics have gone viral online. While the trio struggle to connect, they have to rely on each other to rebuild their lives.