Say hello to the authors of the 2015 Vancouver Writers Fest! Each week in August - October, we'll be introducing you to three of our Festival authors with a blog post filled with interesting facts about the author and their upcoming book. Read all about them, buy their book and then come see them at the Festival in the fall. First up, Carellin Brooks. Enjoy!
Carellin Brooks (British Columbia) is a Rhodes Scholar and the author of fresh hell: motherhood in pieces, Every Inch a Woman and Wreck Beach. Her new novel is One Hundred Days of Rain. Brooks co-edited the anthologies Carnal Nation and Bad Jobs. She is the winner of the Books in Canada Student Writing Award for poetry, the Cassell/Pink Paper Lesbian Writing Award for non-fiction and the Institute for Contemporary Arts New Blood Award for prose. You can find her on Twitter as @carellinb and on the web.
1. On weathering the storm: Brooks’ newest novel, One Hundred Days of Rain, is about a woman in Vancouver recovering from a disastrous breakup. As she navigates her own shifting emotions and mental state, the narrator observes similar or contrasting changes in the rain. Johanna Skibsrud described the novel as, “A quiet and meditative book that reads like a mystery: How do we find ourselves—sometimes simultaneously—moving both toward and away from the things that matter most to us?” Read on.
2. “The good kind of depressing”: For a long time, Brooks thought she would never publish One Hundred Days of Rain, as she believed it to be "dismal." Fortunately, she received positive feedback from her reading group, who described it as the “good kind of depressing” and encouraged her to send it to her agent. Read on.
3. A world traveller with her heart in Vancouver: After spending her childhood in Vancouver, Brooks has lived in Salt Lake City, Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Oxford, London, San Diego and Japan. After all that travelling, she’s glad to be back in Vancouver: “Vancouver is my favorite city in the whole world. I always planned to come back here, so I’m really happy I had the chance to do that.” Read on.
4. Not a Freudian Slip: When asked who her favourite historical figure was, Brooks said the infamous father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud. Why? “He was so iconoclastic and incredibly vulnerable.” Read on.
5. From the rainy streets of Vancouver to 1990s Oxford: When asked about her next novel after One Hundred Days of Rain, Brooks says that it “couldn’t be more different. It’s a chronicle of a formative few years where the narrator goes to Oxford on scholarship, while at the same time exploring London’s lesbian sadomasochistic scene by night. It’s set in the nineties, when all this stuff was very urgent and immediate and the so-called sex wars were still raging.” However, Brooks may not be completely done with writing about rain: “I’d like to think there’s only so much you can say [about rain], but who knows?” Read on.
Check back later this month to learn which events Carellin Brooks will be appearing in at the 2015 Vancouver Writers Fest!