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September's Author of the Month: ELENA FERRANTE

Tuesday, Sep 01, 2020 at 10:58am

Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. The author of The Days of Abandonment, which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love, adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions, illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, and The Beach at Night, illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018.

Ferrante’s powerful new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, translated by Ann Goldstein, is set in a divided Naples. Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST), stream a live online event with translator Ann Goldstein as she discusses The Lying Life of Adults with Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail). This is a ticketed event presented with Europa Editions and Flying Books. For more information and to get your ticket, please visit this page.

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August Author of the Month: SHARI LAPENA

Friday, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:18pm

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, which have all been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-five territories around the world. She was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction, and she currently lives in Toronto.

Lapena's newest book is a domestic suspence thriller, The End of Her.

Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she’s sure of: she has all she ever wanted.

Then Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife’s death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.

Patrick insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick — things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn’t sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie’s trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth, or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

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July Author of the Month: KEVIN KWAN

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 4:10pm

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 30 languages. Its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, was released in 2015, and Rich People Problems, the final book in the trilogy, followed in 2017. For several weeks in 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy commanded the top three positions of the New York Times bestseller list — an almost unprecedented single-author trifecta, and the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood’s highest grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. In 2018, he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Sex and Vanity is the first novel in a new trilogy by Kwan, each of whose books will be set in one of the world’s greatest cities: New York, London, and Paris. Sex and Vanity is a glittering tale of love andlonging as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds — the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, it is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

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April's Author of the Month: VIVEK SHRAYA

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 at 6:45pm

Vivek Shraya is a Canadian musician, writer, and visual artist. She currently lives in Calgary where she is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and a director on the board of The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for the rights of LGBTQ women.

In 2010, Shraya published her first book, God Loves Hair, an illustrated collection of linked short stories about a brown, genderqueer child growing up in an immigrant family in Alberta. Her second book, She of the Mountains, a lyrical novel consisting of two intertwined love stories, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2014.

Shraya released her debut poetry collection entitled even this page is white. It’s an incisive exploration of the effects of everyday racism and colonialism in Canada that won a 2017 Publishing Triangle award and was longlisted for CBC's Canada Reads. The Boy & The Bindi, a children's picture book about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead, was also published that year. Shraya's first non-fiction book, I’m Afraid of Men, was released in 2018.

Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. In The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya, when Neela Devaki’s song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But as Rukmini’s star rises and Neela’s stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the centre of an internet firestorm. (Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75. ECW Press. April)

In Winnipeg, join us for An Evening with Vivek Shraya on April 25 at 7:00 PM!

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March's Author of the Month: REBECCA SOLNIT

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 at 6:29pm

American writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books. Solnit has worked on environmental and human rights campaigns since the 1980s. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including The Guardian newspaper and Harper's Magazine.

In 2003, she wrote River of Shadows about motion picture pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award. In 2014, she published Men Explain Things to Me, a collection of short essays written about instances of "mansplaining." Solnit has been credited with paving the way for the coining of the term, though she didn’t actually use it in the original essay. Last year, Solnit rewrote a new version of Cinderella, called Cinderella Liberator. In this feminist revision, Solnit reclaims Ella from the cinders and gives both the prince and Ella new futures that involve thinking for themselves, acting out of free will, starting businesses, and becoming friends rather than dependent lovers.

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher; of the small apartment that, when she was nineteen, became the home in which she transformed herself; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Viking. March)

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