An Evening with Bob Armstrong (THIN AIR 2021)Friday Oct 01 2021 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube
Join Winnipeg novelist Bob Armstrong and novelist and English professor Sue Sorensen for a discussion of Bob’s new novel, Prodigies (Five Star/Gale) in an event presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival.
The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.
Described as “a rip-roaring, unexpected, funny and utterly original escape” by novelist Angie Abdou and “part Oliver Twist, part Sisters Brothers” by novelist/memoirist Glenn Dixon, Prodigies is the story of three gifted young people tossed about by economic and social forces until they arrive in gold rush Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in 1877.
Bob Armstrong is a Winnipeg playwright, speechwriter, creative writing instructor, environmental impact report writer, writer of novels and short stories and occasional stand-up comic. Prodigies is the first of a projected series set in the wild west, a long-time interest of his. Bob’s comic novel Dadolescence was published by Turnstone Press and his plays have been performed at Theatre Projects Manitoba, Lunchbox Theatre, Parks Canada, New York University, Workshop West Theatre and the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.
Host Sue Sorensen is a poet, novelist, and English professor at Canadian Mennonite University.
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"This novel and its trio of teenagers surprised me over and over again. Prodigies is a rip-roaring, unexpected, funny and utterly original escape. This rousing trip to another era comes at just the right time." - Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go and This One Wild Life
In the mid-1870s, Daniel McCormack, a street urchin in New York’s dangerous Five Points district, attracts the attention of a criminal gang with his astounding hand-eye co-ordination. Elsewhere, Lincoln Henry, a Tennessee-born child of ex-slaves, turns heads with his gift for geometry and mathematics, and Lily Mandeville, an orphan working with a traveling circus, discovers her talent for talking with dogs.
Daniel’s gang and Lily’s circus travel to greener pastures in the west, while Lincoln becomes an apprentice to a steam-engine mechanic. In the boomtown of Deadwood, in the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory, they’ll unite to oppose a power-mad mining baron.