Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
Alice MacKay Room - VPL Central Branch
REBECCA ROSENBLUM is the author of two acclaimed books of fiction, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill and Quire's 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. So Much Love is her first novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Award, and has appeared in the National Post, Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, The Journey Prize Stories, Maisonneuve, Coming Attractions, and Best Canadian Stories.
So Much Love
When Catherine Reindeer vanishes from the restaurant where she works, an entire community is shattered. Moving back and forth from her outer circle of acquaintances to her closest intimates, So Much Love reveals how an unexpected disappearance can overturn the lives of those left behind. But at the heart of the novel is Catherine’s own surprising story of resilience and recovery.
LORI MCNULTY's work has appeared in the Fiddlehead, the New Quarterly, PRISM International, the Dalhousie Review, Descant, and the Globe and Mail as well as a number of anthologies. She has twice been nominated for the Journey Prize, making the shortlist in 2014 for her story "Monsoon Season." She has also been a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize, the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, and the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. She now lives in Vancouver.
Life on Mars
A middle-aged sportswriter gets a new lease on life with a heart transplant and develops an intimate relationship with his donated heart. Two brothers find in their rotting family tree the tangled roots of a dark childhood memory. A divorced man struggling to rediscover his place in the world hits the road from California to Newfoundland, guided by an irascible talking squid. McNulty's wild debut collection sears the heart with blinding black humour and whiplash fast prose. With a flawless talent for juxtaposing the absurd with the everyday, violence and discord with redemption and metamorphosis, McNulty takes readers on an unexpected ride into the core of human existence.
JANET ROGERS is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations territory, living as a guest on Coast Salish territory since 1994. She is a recording artist, former Poet Laureate of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia Writer-in-Residence for 2015 and the Ontario College of Art and Design NIGIG Visual Culture Visiting Artist in 2016.
Totem Poles & Railroads
Totem Poles and Railroads succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Rogers' expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental voice. She pays honour to her poetic characters--real and imagined, historical and present day--from Sacajawea to Nina Simone. Placing poetry at the centre of our current post-residential school/present-day reconciliation reality, Rogers' poems are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal.