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An Evening with Karen Connelly

Wednesday Apr 19 2017 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

In conversation with Joanne Kelly and signing her new book The Change Room (Random House Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

This daring new novel from award-winning writer Karen Connelly takes a whole-hearted and unabashed look at marriage, motherhood, and sexuality.

Karen is the author of ten previous books of bestselling non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story and a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers for her first novel, The Lizard Cage.

Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn and Mandela, and hailed in The Globe and Mail as “one of the best modern Canadian novels.” Burmese Lessons was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction in 2009.

Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.

Joanne KellyHost Joanne Kelly is a broadcast journalism instructor. She runs a book club at McNally Robinson and talks books every second Sunday on CBC Radio.

See:

The Change Room

- Trade paperback

by Karen Connelly - $24.95 - Add to Cart

Happily married, great career, mother of two. What more could a woman possibly want? Enter The Change Room, by award-winning writer Karen Connelly, and find out. Eliza Keenan is the mother of two young sons, the owner of a flower studio that caters to the city's elite, and the loving wife of a deliciously rumpled math professor named Andrew. She's on the move from dawn until her boys are in bed, and after they're asleep she cleans her house. Her one complaint about her life is that the only time she has for herself is her twice-weekly swim in the local community centre pool, where sunlight shines in through a tall window and lights up the water in a way that reminds her of the year she spent as a footloose youth on an island in Greece. Then one morning into this life that is full of satisfactions of all kinds except sexual (because who has the time or the energy once the kids are asleep?) comes a tall, dark and lovely stranger, a young woman Eliza encounters at the pool and nicknames 'the Amazon.' The sight of this woman, naked in the change room, completely undoes Eliza, and soon the two of them are entangled in an affair that breaks all the rules, and threatens to capsize not only Eliza and her happy family, but her lover's world, too. And yet the sex is so all-encompassing, so intimate, so true...how can it be bad?        Be ready to be shaken up, woken up, scandalized and deeply stirred.