An Afternoon with Mary WalshSunday Apr 30 2017 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
In conversation with Lara Rae and signing her novel Crying for the Moon (HarperCollins Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg Interantional Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.
In this funny and poignant debut novel, actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh has created the unforgettable Maureen Brennan, a young woman coming of age in late 1960s St. Johnís, Newfoundland.
Mary Walsh was born in St. Johnís, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of the CBCís This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. She is a versatile actor and has appeared in both dramatic and comedy series, including the Gemini Award winner Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in. Recently, Walsh has starred in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and in 2017 the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching will be reunited for a CBC feature called Christmas Fury, which Walsh wrote, is producing and will star in. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor Generalís Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Host Lara Rae is the co-founding A.D of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and one of the award winning developers of the hit show Little Mosque on the Prairie.
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"A page-turner with an indelible heroine." --Ann-Marie MacDonald Canadian actor, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh explodes onto the literary scene with this unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in late 1960s NewfoundlandRaised on tough love in St. John's, Maureen is the second-youngest daughter of a bitter and angry mother and a beaten-down father who tells the best stories (but only when he's drunk). If life at home is difficult, then school is torture, with the nuns watching every move she makes. But Maureen wants a bigger life. She wants to go to sexy, exciting Montreal and be part of Expo 67, even if it means faking her way into the school choir.Finally achieving her goal of reaching Montreal, Maureen escapes the vigilant eye of Sister Imobilis and sneaks away, and over the course of a few hours, one humiliating encounter with a young Leonard Cohen and a series of breathtakingly bad decisions change the course of her life forever.A riotous and heart-rending journey from St. John's to Montreal and back, Mary Walsh's dazzling debut novel is darkly hilarious but also paints a very real portrait of the challenges of being young and female and poor in 1960s Newfoundland. Crying for the Moon explores the many ways in which one day can reverberate through a lifetime.