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An Evening with Helen Humphreys

Friday Mar 10 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue

Offsite event at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue. Speaking on her book The River (ECW Press) as part of Artfest. Donations at the door gratefully accepted.

Presented by Crescent Fort Rouge United in association with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival and McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Humphreys will talk about the process of writing the book and share some of the early notes and material. The presentation will be followed by a short reading and conversation hosted by Charlene Diehl, Director of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Refreshments and book signing to follow.

Helen Humphreys is an award-winning author of seven novels, four books of poetry, and three works of non-fiction who lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her latest books are the novels The Evening Chorus, a finalist for the Governor Generalís Award for Fiction in 2015, and The River, a creative non-fiction meditation on a stretch of river in southern Ontario.


The River

- Hardcover

by Helen Humphreys - $24.95 - Add to Cart

A breathtaking mix of observation, prose, natural history, and art We tend to look at landscape in relation to what it can do for us. Does it move us with its beauty? Can we make a living from it? But what if we examined a landscape on its own terms, freed from our expectations and assumptions? This is what celebrated writer Helen Humphreys sets out to do in this beautiful, groundbreaking examination of place. For more than a decade Humphreys has owned a small waterside property on a section of the Napanee River in Ontario. In the watchful way of writers, she has studied her little piece of the river through the seasons and the years, cataloguing its ebb and flows, the plants and creatures that live in and round it, the signs of human usage at its banks and on its bottom. The result is The River, a gorgeous and moving meditation that uses fiction, non-fiction, natural history, archival maps and images, and full-colour original photographs to get at the truth. In doing this, Humphreys has created a work of startling originality that is sure to become a new Canadian classic.