7:30pm on Wednesday March 16, 2016 - Doors open at 7:00pm
Admission is free.
Alice McKay Room, VPL Central Branch - 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver
Yann Martel (SK)
Yann Martel is best-known for his novel, Life of Pi, which won the Man Booker Prize and was an international bestseller. He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the short story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and a collection of letters to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The High Mountains of Portugal
The High Mountains of Portugal tells the tale of a century old quest, the search for a mysterious artifact that draws together three men: a young man named Tomas, a Portuguese pathologist with a passion for Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries and a Canadian senator and his simian companion. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, the novel takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul.
Claudia Casper (BC)
Claudia Casper is the author of The Reconstruction, which is being adapted as a feature film (for which Casper is writing the screenplay) and The Continuation of Love by Other Means, which was short-listed for the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Geist, EVENT, Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon), and Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (Vintage), edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson.
The Mercy Journals
Set in a future devastated by war and the effects of climate change, The Mercy Journals is the story of Mercy, a former soldier struggling with PTSD and the loss of his family. When Mercy’s brother brings news that Mercy’s children have been spotted, the two brothers set off into the wilderness in search of them. Along the way, Mercy’s moral code is challenged, and he and his brother learn what really matters in the face of war and tragedy.