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Donna Besel Book Launch with Host Lauren Carter

Thursday Nov 18 2021 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube
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Join award-winning writers Donna Besel and Lauren Carter as they discuss Besel’s new book The Unravelling: Incest and the Destruction of a Family (University of Regina Press).

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.

In her ground-breaking memoir, Donna Besel tells what happens after she and her sisters report their father’s crimes. With honesty and creativity, she describes the emotional and legal challenges that her family faced, after the abuse disclosures erupted at a sister’s wedding.

Donna Besel grew up at West Hawk Lake and her “boreal stories” have earned national recognition. When she’s not writing, she leads workshops for students of all ages. The forests of Eastern Manitoba, where she has always lived, provide endless ideas and settings.

Lauren Carter is a writer of fiction and poetry who has lived in Manitoba since 2013. Her last book, the novel This Has Nothing to Do with You, explored familial trauma and won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.

Three times, Lauren and Donna have hosted a women writers’ retreat at Falcon Trails Resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Their candid conversation about The Unravelling will delve into Donna's journey to overcome her traumatic past by becoming a storyteller and claiming her truth.


This Has Nothing to Do With You

- Lauren Carter

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Winner of the 2020 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the 2020 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

When Melony Barnett's mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling with the loss of her parents and her future. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent, trying to carve out a life that has nothing to do with her past, before returning to her Northern Ontario home and adopting a rescue dog--a mastiff with a tragic history. As she struggles to help the dog heal and repair her relationship with her brother, Matt, she begins to uncover layers of secrets about her family --secrets that were the fuel for her mother's actions. This Has Nothing to Do With You is a compulsively readable novel that follows a dynamic cast of characters, revealing the complexity of the bonds that are formed through trauma and grief--with siblings, lovers, friends, and dogs.