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Alison Preston -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 06 2011 8:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant

Launch of The Girl in the Wall (Signature Editions).

Former Inspector Frank Foote has left the Winnipeg Police force and gone into home renovations. Tearing down a wall on a job one day he finds the skeleton of a small female. On the trail to discover the girl’s identity Frank finds himself drawn back into the past and into the world of the unusual Mrs. Mortimer who lived nearby and had a short-lived business taking photographs of the dead.

Alison Preston was born and raised in Winnipeg. After trying on a number of other Canadian cities, she returned to her home town, where she currently resides. All of her books, including A Blue and Golden Year, The Rain Barrel Baby and The Geranium Girls, are set in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and a letter carrier for 28 years, Alison has been twice nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She was also shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Cherry Bites and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher for Sunny Dreams.

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Girl in the Wall, The

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Winner of the 2012 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. Former Inspector Frank Foote has left the Winnipeg Police force and gone into home renovations, but after tearing down a wall on a job one day and finding the skeleton of a small female who has been imprisoned there, he finds himself following the leads to a photographer who specialized in taking photos of the recently deceased for their families.

Cherry Bites

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On a summer afternoon in 1954 a jealous four-year-old girl named Cherry Ring bites her baby brother Pete on the cheek. She bites him so hard that little Pete needs a skin graft to repair the damage and will have a scar for the rest of his life. Cherry knows what’s she’s done is wrong, and she really is sorry. But sorry isn’t going to be good enough. The bite marks the beginning of a troubled relationship between the siblings that will last a lifetime. As Pete gets older he perfects an ability to completely ignore his sister. It scares Cherry, the way he looks right through her, and she chooses to leave him alone. Cherry can't seem to find her way into her mother's affections either. Her father is the only one who seems able to love her, but when she is only nine years old he dies suddenly, leaving her to manage as best she can in her dysfunctional little family. Cherry is in university when her mother decides to remarry and move away, taking Pete with her. Cherry isn't sorry to see them go. She finally starts to feel like her life is going somewhere. But on a sultry summer night in 1995, disturbing incidents begin to occur around her house and Cherry realizes she has not managed to leave her past behind. Luckily that nice police inspector Frank Foote lives in the neighbourhood. Maybe he can help her. The story unfolds in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of Norwood Flats, which readers have come to know in Preston's previous mysteries, The Rain Barrel Baby and The Geranium Girls.

Geranium Girls, The

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Beryl Kate, a letter carrier who lives in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of the Norwood Flats, goes out for a hike one beautiful spring morning and trips over a body in the woods of St.Vital Park. A badly shaken Beryl is questioned and escorted home by the police. It isn't long, though, before another body turns up, and then another. As she follows the horrific disccoveries in the Winnipeg Free Press, Beryl thinks she sees a pattern emerging....

Rain Barrel Baby, The

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Frank Foote's quiet Winnipeg neighbourhood is greening into summer when a dead baby is discovered in his neighbour's rain barrel. Frank is a cop. He's seen a lot of crime scenes, but this one is too close to home. And when Ivy Grace, a former schoolmate, suddenly resurfaces after a long absence, Frank realizes he will have to confront the shameful secrets of his past before the summer is over.

Blue and Golden Year

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This story takes place alternately between a Candian prairie city and a small coastal town in Mexico. In Canada we follow the complex relationships of Audrey Laird and her sister Lillian, Audrey's old flame Detective Frank Foote and the possibly dead Iggy Strand, Lillian's drug-dealing boyfriend. In Mexico, meanwhile, we follow Iris, once the love of Iggy's life, as she runs the Pink Lady restaurant and bar, and her cocktail waitress Honey and Honey's boyfriend Big Heap Huggins. And seemingly above it all is evil Ernest, Iris's business partner and former lover. There is at least one dead body at the beginning and not everyone survives the quest for answers in this stylish quirky mystery.

Sunny Dreams

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On a spring morning in 1925 Sunny Palmer disappears from her baby carriage in Picardy's restaurant in downtown Winnipeg. It happens in seconds when big sister Violet and her mother wander up to choose their treats from the dessert display. As those first minutes turn to days, months, then years, the Palmer family collapses and gradually glues itself back together in a new form. The Dirty Thirties are in full swing: on a hot summer day in June of 1936 two drifters looking for work turn up in the Palmers' back yard. They are among the legions of men criss-crossing the country looking for work. Violet's father, Will Palmer, a local attorney with few construction skills, invites the men to pitch their tent and stay on to build a garage for his new Buick. But he's on his guard. One of the men, Jackson Shirt, seems a little too well-educated and much too handsome to ring entirely true. He's just Violet's age, seventeen, but Will senses he has more than his share of secrets. A wayfaring friend of the drifters drops by occasionally to watch them work. If anything blameworthy occurs in the neighbourhood — theft, noise, even illness — these three outsiders come under close scrutiny. When polio strikes that August, suspicion turns to savagery. And Jackson Shirt's secrets are revealed. The story takes place in the Norwood Flats section of Winnipeg, the same setting as Preston's previous novels. This time, though, the action is mostly in the Depression year of 1936 and we meet Fraser Foote, the father of Frank, who has played a part in previous books.