Harry Karlinsky -- Book LaunchTuesday May 13 2014 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Winnipeg launch of The Stonehenge Letters (Coach House Books) hosted by Ariel Gordon.
While carrying out historical investigations at the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, Sweden, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the unsolicited self-nominations in the museum's "Crackpot" file, there are six letters addressed to Mr. Ragnar Solman, executor of Alfred Nobel's will. Remarkably, all but one is crafted by a different Nobel laureate – including Rudyard Kipling and Marie Curie – and each is an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research eventually uncovers that Alfred Nobel, intrigued by a young woman's obsession with the mysterious landmark, added a secret codicil to his will, a prize – reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates – was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.
Harry Karlinsky is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. His first novel, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.
Ariel Gordon’s first book of poetry, Hump, won the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and her second, Stowaways, is slated for publication in 2014. Most recently, she won Kalamalka Press' inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award.
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While researching why Freud failed to win a Nobel Prize at the Nobel Archives in Sweden, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the piles of papers in the 'Crackpot' file are letters addressed to the executor of Alfred Nobel's will, written by several notable Nobel laureates âEUR" including Rudyard Kipling and Marie Curie âEUR" each offering an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research uncovers that Alfred Nobel added a secret codicil to his will, a prize for the Nobel laureate who solves the mystery of Stonehenge. Weaving together a wealth of primary sources âEUR" photos, letters, wills âEUR" The Stonehenge Letters tells the tale of a fascinating secret competition. Praise for The Stonehenge Letters: 'This little novel is a delight from its first word to its last. The Stonehenge Letters is by turns thoughtful,whimsical, haunting and laugh-out-loud funny. Reading this book was like skating over the smoothest ice; I was blissfully unaware of the transition from history to fiction and back again' âEUR" Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl 'In his alarmingly smart and dangerously absorbing Freud-tinged romance/detective story, Harry Karlinsky deploys explosions, earthworms, radioactive particles and a passel of Nobel laureates to reinvent historyin the golden age of invention.' âEUR" Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives