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K.R. Byggdin Virtual Book Launch

Saturday Apr 23 2022 7:00 pm, Virtual, Online via Zoom & YouTube
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** PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is now a virtual, rather than a hybrid, event. **

Join K.R. Byggdin for the launch of Wonder World (Enfield & Wizenty) featuring a reading and conversation hosted by Sam K MacKinnon

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Twenty-seven-year-old Isaac Funk is broke, drifting, and questioning his lonely existence on the East Coast. Having left his conservative hometown of Newfield, Manitoba full of piss and vinegar, Isaac’s dreams of studying music and embracing queer culture in Halifax have gradually fizzled out. When his grandfather dies and leaves him a substantial inheritance, Isaac is pulled back to the Prairies for the first time in ten years. Finding his father Abe just as enigmatic and unreachable as always and his extended family more fragmented than ever, Isaac begins to wonder if there will ever be a place for him in Newfield. Is the prodigal son home for good, or is it time to cut and run once more?

K.R. Byggdin grew up on the Prairies and now lives on the East Coast. They are currently completing studies in English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie University. Their writing has appeared in anthologies and journals across Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. Wonder World is their first novel.

Host Sam K MacKinnon is a writer living in Winnipeg. Their writing explores queer trans identity and has been published in numerous outlets, including Prairie Fire, Catapult, them, FLARE, Xtra, CBC, and others. They have held positions in the publishing industry at Penguin Random House Canada and Great Plains Publications.

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Wonder World

- K R Byggdin

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Reader Reward Price: $19.76

"What this town has done, it's like pickling people. Taking us when we're young and fresh and vulnerable, sticking us in a jar and filling us with all these rules they hope will preserve us from the rotting decay of worldliness. But you can't brine someone in that much guilt and shame their whole lives and expect them not to change. Shrivel into mere husks of their former selves, sour as vinegar." Twenty-seven-year-old Isaac Funk is broke, drifting, and questioning his lonely existence on the East Coast. Having left his conservative hometown of Newfield, Manitoba full of piss and vinegar, Isaac's dreams of studying music and embracing queer culture in Halifax have gradually fizzled out. When his grandfather dies and leaves him a substantial inheritance, Isaac is pulled back to the Prairies for the first time in ten years. Finding his father Abe just as enigmatic and unreachable as always and his extended family more fragmented than ever, Isaac begins to wonder if there will ever be a place for him in Newfield. Is the prodigal son home for good, or is it time to cut and run once more?