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Lauren Carter with Anne Lazurko -- Reading and Signing

Thursday Apr 03 2014 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove Event type: reading, signing

Reading and Signing Swarm (Brindle & Glass) and joined by Anne Lazurko, author of Dollybird (Coteau Books).

In the not-too-distant future, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy lives a challenging and unfamiliar life. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping on an isolated island with her partner, Marvin, and friend, Thomson. When the footprints of a thieving child start appearing in their garden, the family must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community. In the face of scarcity, Sandy still dreams of being a mother. The thought of a child compels her to revisit her earlier life in a city plagued by power outages, unemployment, and protests. There she met Marvin and joined his violent cause, initiating a chain of events that led to tragic and life-altering consequences.

A powerful debut novel, Swarm is about persevering in a time of shrinking options, and coming to terms with regrettable choices.

Lauren Carter has been published in several literary journals and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. Lichen Bright, her first collection of poetry, was long-listed for the ReLit Award. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including National Geographic Traveler, This Magazine, the Georgia Straight, First Nations Drum, The Writer, and Adbusters. A transplanted Ontarian, she currently lives in The Pas, Manitoba. Swarm is her first novel.

Twenty-year-old Moira, banished to 1906 Saskatchewan because of her unwed pregnancy, must come to terms with her pioneer environment, and the superstitious Irish Catholic homesteader who employs her as a “dollybird.” Housekeeper or covert whore? A dollybird is either or both in the vocabulary of the times, leaving the community to draw its own conclusions about who and what Moira is and isn’t. Determined to find redemption in the midst of their derision and to find joy despite uncertainty, Moira faces impossible choices with consequences beyond anything she can imagine. Woven through with birth, death, and the violent potential of both man and the elements, Dollybird examines and celebrates the small mercies which come to mean more than they should, on a prairie peopled with characters who are struggling under that huge sky that seems to be waiting, not so quietly, for them to fail.

Saskatchewan born and raised, Anne Lazurko has a political science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and works as a freelance writer and a farmer. She lives with her family in Weyburn. Dollybird is her first book.

See:

Swarm

- Trade paperback

by Lauren Carter - $19.95 - Add to Cart

In the not-too-distant future, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy lives a challenging and unfamiliar life. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping on an isolated island with her partner, Marvin, and friend, Thomson. When the footprints of a thieving child start appearing in their garden, the family must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community.In the face of scarcity, Sandy still dreams of being a mother. The thought of a child compels her to revisit her earlier life in a city plagued by power outages, unemployment, and protests. There she met Marvin and joined his violent cause, initiating a chain of events that led to tragic and life-altering consequences.A powerful debut novel, Swarm is about persevering in a time of shrinking options, and coming to terms with regrettable choices.

Dollybird

- Trade paperback

by Anne Lazurko - $19.95 - Add to Cart

Winner of the WILLA Award for Historical Fiction. Shortlisted for the SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014. In 1906, Twenty-year-old Moira, banished to Saskatchewan because of her unwed pregnancy, must come to terms with her pioneer environment, her dodgy new acquaintances and her employment as a "dolly-bird" with a volatile young homesteader. Scattered through with birth, death, and the violent potential of both man and the elements, Dollybird excavates the small mercies which come to mean more than they should on a prairie peopled with characters struggling under a huge sky that waits, not so quietly, for them to fail.