Prose Under Pressure

Moderator: Anne Fleming

Event Number: 40
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Prose Under Pressure

Thursday, Oct 24
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Donne may have warned us that no man is an island, but books about isolation and the strange inner lives of those who seek it, or endure it, are some of the richest in the canon. These immersive new works from CanLit royalty offer further confirmation. Giller Prize finalist Steven Price’s Lampedusa follows a Sicilian prince struggling to complete his novel—and legacy. Laisha Rosnau’s protagonists flee fascism in Italy and choose exile and isolation in Vernon, BC, in Little Fortress. Although Michael Crummey’s orphaned siblings in The Innocents don’t choose their isolation, their story unfolds in a remote cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline where they must rely on each other to survive. Discover what remarkable things happen in writing when you constrain your characters.

About the moderator:
Anne Fleming is a BC fiction writer, poet, and children’s author who thrives on book talk. Her writing has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award, the Journey Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The Goat was named one of the ten best children’s books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and the New York Public Library. She teaches at UBC’s Okanagan Campus.

Event Participants:

Michael Crummey


Michael Crummey’s first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second novel, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Galore, wont he Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent novel, Sweetland, was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Steven Price

British Columbia

Steven Price‘s most recent novel, By Gaslight 2016, was a #1 bestseller, longlisted for the Giller Prize, and named a Book of the Year by the Globe & Mail, CBC, the Writer’s Trust of Canada, and NPR. His other books include a novel, Into that Darkness 2011, and two poetry collections: Anatomy of Keys 2006, and Omens in the Year of the Ox 2012. He lives in Victoria.

Laisha Rosnau

British Columbia

Laisha Rosnau is author of two novels, Little Fortress and The Sudden Weight of Snow, and four collections of poetry. Her work has been the recipient of Dorothy Livesay Award and Acorn-Plantos Award, and has been nominated for several awards, including the Amazon First Novel Award and three times for CBC Literary Awards. Rosnau teaches at UBC Okanagan and she and her family are resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream, BC.