don't miss your chance to hear from this beloved canadian author in her first appearance in ten years. the event is almost sold out but some tickets still left. buy tickets here
ten years after her last novel, 'helpless', barbara gowdy has a new book. and she is coming to waterloo to talk to us about it on may 24.
barbara has been nominated for every major canadian book prize (the giller, the governor general's award, the rogers writers trust) as well as for the man booker prize. after this long absence, we are delighted to welcome barbara to waterloo to talk about her latest novel.
Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.
It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams—not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else’s life.
Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.
Like The White Bone, Gowdy’s international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.
we still have a few tickets left for kerry clare at uptown 21 on the 26th of april. and we do keep a wait list for sold out events. either way, head on over to the join us page to buy a ticket or shoot us an email about the wait list.
and read a bit more about kerry clare and her thoughts on mitzi bytes from the international festival of authors interview from march 3.
tickets have been selling quickly since going online yesterday. there are two tickets left for heather o'neill at public kitchen. a few more left for kerry clare at uptown 21. go to the join us page to buy tickets for either event online.
kerry clare is a national magazine award-nominated writer and editor of the anthology, 'the m word: conversations about motherhood' and 'mitzi bytes' is her first novel.
Back at the beginning of the new millennium, when the Internet was still unknown territory, Sarah Lundy started an anonymous blog documenting her return to the dating scene after a devastating divorce. The blog was funny, brutally honest and sometimes outrageous. Readers loved it. Through her blog persona, “Mitzi Bytes,” Sarah not only found her feet again, but she found her voice.
Fifteen years later, Sarah is happily remarried with children and she’s still blogging, but nobody IRL—not even her husband or best friends—knows about Mitzi. They don't know that Sarah’s been documenting all her own exploits, as well as mining the experiences of those around her and sharing these stories with the world. Which means that Sarah is in serious trouble when threatening emails arrive from the mysterious Jane Q. Time’s up, the first one says. You’re officially found out.
As she tries to find out Jane Q’s identity before her secret online self is revealed to everyone, Sarah starts to discover that her loved ones have secrets of their own, and that stronger forces than she imagined are conspiring to turn her world upside down.
heather oneill's debut novel, "lullabies for little criminals" was the 2007 canada reads selection. her second novel, "the girl who was saturday night", was shortlisted for the scotiabank giller prize in 2014.
on april 24 heather joins us to talk about her latest novel, 'the lonely hearts hotel'. set in Montreal and New York between the wars, 'the lonely hearts hotel' is a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future.
two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their true talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing for the rich, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.
Separated as teenagers, both escape into the city's underworld, where they must use their uncommon gifts to survive without each other. Ruthless and unforgiving, Montreal in the 1930's is no place for song and dance. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes, the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make those dream come true. After Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls hit the stage and the alleys, the underworld will never look the same.
on monday april 24 heather oneill will join us at public kitchen to chat about her new book, the "lonely hearts hotel".
and on wednesday april 26 kerry clare will join us at uptown 21 to discuss her new book, "mitzi bytes".
watch this space for more information about both authors, their books and details about tickets going on sale.
tickets for craig davidson's event are now sold out. let us know if you'd like to be added to the wait list in the event more tickets come available.
there are still a few tickets left for christine pountney. but act fast, they are going quickly!
christine pountney, author of 'sweet jesus' and currently writer in residence at the hamilton public library, will join us for dinner on january 30 to discuss her novels and field your (always animated) questions.
christine, a self-described "mother, writer, teacher/editor and therapist", tells the story of three siblings, each of whom is forced to relinquish a cherished dream and are struggling for new meaning for their lives. while the characters travel south to the united states together, the novel remains "quietly but fiercely canadian" with vivid descriptions of victoria, toronto, and st. johns.