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An Evening with Will Ferguson

Tuesday Oct 24 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation with Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson and signing his new book The Shoe on the Roof: A Novel (Simon & Schuster Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you?

From the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Gifted med student Thomas Rosanoff has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass. But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control.

Will Ferguson is the author of sixteen books. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Calgary. Visit him online.

Ben MacPhee-SigurdsonHost Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is the literary editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English (writing stream) from the University of Manitoba in 2005, eventually joining the Free Press as a copy editor in 2012 before taking over one of Canada’s few remaining books sections in 2014. He also has written about wine, beer and spirits for the Free Press since 2005, and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship from the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.

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The Shoe on the Roof

- Hardcover

by Will Ferguson - $32.00 - Add to Cart

Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you? From the Giller Prize-winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff's life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the "Boy in the Box," watched by researchers behind two-way glass. But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs--but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to "cure" the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career--and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas's father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind. The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.