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An Evening with Harold R Johnson

Tuesday Oct 02 2018 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation with David McLeod and signing Clifford: A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment (House of Anansi Press).

When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Cliffordís funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. So begins a journey through the past, a retrieval of recollections that have too long sat dormant.

Moving from the old family home to the log cabin, the garden, and finally settling deep in the forest surrounding the property, his mind circles back, shifting in time and space, weaving in and out of memories of his silent, powerful Swedish father; his formidable Cree mother, an expert trapper and a source of great strength; and his brother Clifford, a precocious young boy who is drawn to the mysterious workings of the universe.

As the night unfolds, memories of Clifford surface in Haroldís mindís eye. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory.

Harold R. Johnson is the author of five works of fiction and two works of nonfiction. His most recent book, Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), was a finalist for the Governor Generalís Literary Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives in the north end of Saskatchewan, with his wife, Joan.

David McLeodHost David McLeod is a member of the Indigenous Writers Collective, he has been published in several anthologies including: Let the Drum Be My Heartbeat, Prairie Fire, CV2 and Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. He is also a board member with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. David works in media and has a keen interest in Indigenous arts. He is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation, MB.

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Clifford

- by Harold Johnson

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From the bestselling author of Firewater comes a moving tribute to an older brother that traverses the thresholds of memoir, fiction, and fantasy and reimagines what could have been.When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Indigenous community for his brother Clifford's funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. So begins a journey through the past, a retrieval of recollections of his silent, powerful Swedish father; his formidable Cree mother; and his brother Clifford, a precocious young boy who is drawn to the mysterious workings of the universe. As the night unfolds, memories of Clifford surface in Harold's mind's eye. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory.Exquisitely crafted, funny, visionary, and wholly moving, Clifford is an extraordinary work that embraces myriad forms of storytelling. To read it is to be immersed in a home, a family, a community, the wider world, the entire cosmos.