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Our May Author of the Month: RACHEL CUSK

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 4:07pm

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles before finishing her education at a convent school in England. Her first novel, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001), is a personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003), she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life’s transformations; of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand. Her novel, Arlington Park (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also published a memoir of a 3-month family stay in Italy, The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009); and a novel entitled The Bradshaw Variations (2009). In 2014 her novel Outline was published by Vintage. It was inspired by Cusk’s experience of teaching a creative writing course in Athens supported by the British Council. Shortlisted for several major awards, it was the first in a trilogy, followed by Transit (2016) and Kudos (2018).

Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift — and to destroy. A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma — and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

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Our April Author of the Month: HELEN OYEYEMI

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 at 2:54pm

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several story collections and novels, including Mr. Fox and Gingerbread, as well as Boy, Snow, Birdwhich was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She received a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award and a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and in 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, England, Oyeyemi now lives in Prague.

> Watch the lovely video greeting Helen Oyeyemi sent us!

Peaces, her newest book, is a vivid and inventive story about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage. When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment — and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favourite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.

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Our March Author of the Month: EDEN ROBINSON

Friday, Feb 26, 2021 at 5:26pm

Eden Robinson is the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning author of such books as Traplines and Blood Sports. Her second book, Monkey Beach, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2001. In 2016 she received the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work, followed by being named as a recipient of the Writers' Trust Fellowship in 2017, and in 2018 she received an honorary doctoral degree from UBC for her literary works. A member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations, Robinson lives in Kitamaat Village, BC.

> Watch the lovely video greeting Eden Robinson sent to us from her home in Kitamaat Village!

Return of the Trickster is Robinson's newest book, which brings her highly acclaimed Trickster trilogy, including the books Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift, to a close. In this third book we catch up with Jared Martin as he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat. Some of the people he loves, the ones who don't see the magic he attracts, just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety, but the truth for Jared is so much worse. He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his dad's 535 children who is a Trickster, a shapeshifter with a free pass to other dimensions, and everyone he loves is in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed — the scariest of which is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down.

On Friday March 12, 2021, we hope you'll join us for an online discussion between Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline. See this page for details.

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October's Author of the Month: VICTORIA "V.E." SCHWAB

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 at 1:15pm

Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

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David A. Robertson releases two new books this season

Friday, Sep 18, 2020 at 5:32pm

It's been a busy year for Winnipeg author David A. Robertson, who sees two of his books published only a week apart.

In The Barren Grounds we dive into a new epic middle grade fantasy series based on traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations, and in Black Water we follow the author's deeply personal journey of revisiting the past to not only heal old wounds but to discover a new future.

We hope you'll join us Thursday, September 24, 2020 for the virtual launch of Black Water. For more details on that event, please see this page.

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