Friday May 22 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, WinnipegPost a comment
In conversation with acclaimed author Joan Thomas and signing The Night Stages (McClelland & Stewart). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.
Join us for a very special evening of discussion centred around Jane Urquhart’s latest novel, set mainly in a remote area of County Kerry in the ’40s and ’50s. An elegiac novel of emotional depth that vividly evokes a time and a place, The Night Stages explores the meaning of separation, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of home in a world where a way of life is changing.
Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s best loved writers, was born in the north, (in Little Longlac, Ontario), and grew up in Northumberland County and Toronto. She is the author of seven internationally acclaimed and award winning novels including The Stone Carvers and, most recently, Sanctuary Line. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of poetry. In 2005 Urquhart was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Northumberland County Ontario, Canada, and occasionally in Ireland.
This fall, Joan Thomas was awarded the Writers Trust Engel/Findley Award for a mid-career writer, in recognition of a remarkable body of work. She is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, The Opening Sky, is set in Winnipeg, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for fiction, and was the recipient of the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Joan’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second, Curiosity, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. For many years, Joan was a contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail. She lives in Winnipeg.