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Remind Me

An Evening with Anakana Schofield

Wednesday May 29 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation with Margaret Sweatman and signing Bina: A Novel in Warnings (Knopf Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

“My name is Bina and I’m a very busy woman. That’s Bye-na, not Beena. I don’t know who Beena is but I expect she’s having a happy life. I don’t know who you are, or the state of your life. But if you’ve come all this way here to listen to me, your life will undoubtedly get worse. I’m here to warn you ...”

So begins this “novel in warnings”--all told in the voice of an ordinary-extraordinary woman who has simply had enough. Through the character of Bina, who is writing out her story on the backs of discarded envelopes, Anakana Schofield filters a complex moral universe filled with humour and sadness, love and rage, and the consolations, obligations and mysteries of lifelong friendship. A work of great power, skill, and transformative empathy from a unique and astonishing writer, whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award.

Anakana Schofield is the author of the acclaimed novel Martin John, which was also a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize in the UK, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Sunday Business Post, Toronto Star, and The Irish Times, among others. Her debut novel Malarky won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in the United States, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her writing and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail, National Post, London Review of Books blog, and The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Host Margaret Sweatman’s novels are Mr. Jones, The Players, When Alice Lay Down with Peter, Sam and Angie, and Fox. She writes essays, song lyrics and libretti, poetry, plays, and short fiction, and is a vocalist and harmonica player. She lives in Winnipeg.

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Martin John

- by Anakana Schofield

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Finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize

Among The National Post's Top 5 Books of 2015

Among The Toronto Star's Top 5 Fiction Books of 2015

Among Largehearted Boy's Favourite Novels of 2015

One of Quill & Quire's Books of the Year, 2015

Among The Edmonton Journal's Top 5 Books of 2015

A 49th Shelf Book of the Year, 2015

Among NOW Toronto's Top 10 Books of 2015

Martin John's mam says that she is glad he is done with it. But is Martin John done with it? He says he wants it to stop, his mother wants it to stop, we all want it to stop. But is it really what Martin John wants? He had it in his mind to do it and he did it. Harm was done when he did it. Harm would continue to be done. Who will stop Martin John? Will you stop him? Should she stop him? From Anakana Schofield, the brilliant author of the bestselling Malarky, comes a darkly comic novel circuiting through the mind, motivations and preoccupations of a character many women have experienced but few have understood quite so well. The result confirms Schofield as one of the bravest and most innovative authors at work in English today.

Malarky

- by Anakana Schofield

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD A NEW STATESMAN READ-ALL-ABOUT-IT SELECTION FOR 2012 A BARNES & NOBLE DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS PICK, 2012 A SALON.COM WHAT-TO-READ AWARD-WINNER, 2012 A TOP FIVE BOOK PICK, CHATELAINE AN iTUNES CANADA BEST OF 2012 FICTION PICK AN AMAZON.CA BEST BOOK OF 2012 EDITOR'S PICK A LARGEHEARTED BOY FAVORITE NOVEL OF 2012 A NEXT BEST BOOK BLOG TOP 3, 2012 When Our Woman catches her son in the hay with another man and is soon after accosted by Red-the-Twit about her own husband''s supposed infidelity (and strange sexual predilections), she embarks on an odyssey through grief and madness toward the realization of something all-too-human. Brilliantly drawn with the cadences of rural Ireland, Malarky is a wickedly funny and original tour-de-force. "This is the story of the teapot-wielding ''Our Woman'': fretful mother, disgruntled farmwife, and - surprisingly late in life - sexual outlaw/anthropologist. Everything about this primly raunchy,uproarious novel is unexpected, each draught poured from the teapot marks another moment of pure literary audacity." - Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist Our Woman will not be sunk by what life's about to serve her. She's caught her son doing unmentionable things out by the barn. She's been accosted by Red the Twit, who claims to have done things with Our Woman's husband that could frankly have gone without mentioning. And now her son's gone and joined the army, and Our Woman has found a young fella to do unmentionable things with herself, just so she might understand it all. Malarky is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing. Comic, moving, eccentric, and spare, Anakana Schofield's debut novel introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction. FURTHER PRAISE FOR MALARKY "Good writing and dark wit always excite me and they come together thrillingly in this book. It has a quiet grip on the strangeness of the interior and exterior worlds of love and politics. I delighted in the writing and the scope." - Jenny Diski, author of What I Don''t Know About Animals "Anyone bold enough to name her book after a word so loaded deserves our attention. In Malarky Schofield pulls her long line tight and lets go when we least expect it." - Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction--international in scope and electrically alive. -Colum McCann "Malarky" is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield's Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I've read. - Jess Walter