The Summer Book Club featuring Roddy Doyle


(price does not include service charge)

Ticket price (includes book): $25 + shipping if requested

Saturday September 12, 2020
2:00pm PDT

In a special Vancouver Writers Fest member-exclusive book club event, Booker Prize-winning author and beloved novelist Roddy Doyle shares insights and answers questions on his newest, highly-anticipated release, Love. One of this summer’s must reads, ticket-buying members will receive a copy of the book in late June, culminating in an intimate, virtual Q&A session Saturday, September 12 at 2pm PT.

Known for his powerful representations of fraught social and historical issues in Ireland, Doyle’s writing also carries with it rich humour and deeply affectionate portrayals of Dublin’s working class. Considered by many to be the father of the modern Irish novel, Doyle’s Love offers a vibrant and moving addition to the canon.

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Two old friends reconnect in Dublin for a dramatic, revealing evening of confidences–some planned, some spontaneous–in this captivating new book from the author of the Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Old friends meet up on a summer’s evening at a Dublin restaurant. Both are now married with grown-up children, and their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. But Joe has a secret he has to tell Davy, and Davy, a grief he wants to keep from Joe. Both are not the men they used to be.

Neither Davy nor Joe know what the night has in store, but as two pints turns to three, then five, and the men set out to revisit the haunts of their youth, the ghosts of Dublin entwine around them. Their first buoyant forays into adulthood, the pubs, the parties, broken hearts and bungled affairs, as well as the memories of what eventually drove them apart.

As the two friends try to reconcile their versions of the past over the course of one night, Love offers a moving portrait of what it means to put into words the many forms love can take throughout our lives.

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Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, The Van (a finalist for the Booker Prize), Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, A Star Called Henry, The Guts and, most recently, Smile. Doyle has also written several collections of stories, as well as Two Pints, Two More Pints, and Two for the Road, and several works for children and young adults including the Rover novels. He lives in Dublin.