Mary Walsh in conversation with Lisa Christiansen

 Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver

Best known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, comedian and actor Mary Walsh has brought timeless characters to Canadians for decades. In her anticipated debut novel, she continues this career-long trend. Crying for the Moon has already been heralded as a Canadian classic, telling the story of a young woman growing up in St. John’s, N.L., who visits Expo 67 in Montreal for an unexpected, life-changing adventure. Join us for an interview with CBC’s Lisa Christiansen and a reading from this accomplished dynamo of Canadian culture.

Tickets (Prices do not include service charge)

  • Adults $26 
  • Seniors $24 (65+)
  • Youth $20 (under 30)


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About the book: Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh

There is no one like Maureen, the second youngest daughter of the Sarge, a mother so bitter, so angry about her fate that she bullies her children and her husband before anyone else has a chance to. Maureen’s dad, once gorgeously young, is now a beaten-down man who tells his best stories when he is drunk.

School is torture, with the nuns watching every move she makes. Oh, but Maureen wants a bigger life. She wants to go to sexy, exciting Montreal and be part of Expo 67, even if it means faking her way into the school choir. Once there, Maureen escapes the vigilant eye of Sister Imobilis and sneaks out into the city where, over the course of a few hours, and after a series of breathtakingly bad decisions, she changes the course of her life forever.

All Maureen really wanted was to get her life going. Even now, with everyone and everything against her, Maureen has one thing that nobody can take away: she is the indomitable Maureen—a young woman who is so much more than anyone thinks.