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Russell Wangersky Hybrid Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 05 2022 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove + YouTube

Join Russell Wangersky for the hybrid launch (in-person + streaming) of Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the California Gold Rush Trail (ECW Press). With in-conversation host Marina Endicott.

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

An award-winning author goes looking for the meaning of family and belonging on a glorious wild-goose-chase road trip across middle America.

Wangersky’s great-great-grandfather crossed the continent in search of gold in 1849. William Castle Dodge was his name, and he was 22 years old. He wrote a diary of that eventful journey that comes into the author’s hands 160 years later. And typically, quixotically, Wangersky and his wife, author Leslie Vryenhoek, decide to follow Dodge’s westward trail across the great bulging middle of America, not in search of gold but something even less likely: that elusive thing called family.

What ensues becomes this story, by turns hilarious and profound, about a very long trip — by car, in Wangersky and Vryenhoek’s case, and on mule and foot in Dodge’s. Interweaving experiences on the road with Dodge’s diary, the author contemplates the human need to hunt for roots and meaning as he — and Dodge — encounter immigrants who risk everything to be somewhere else, while only glimpsing those who are there already and who want to hold onto their claim in the stream of human migration.

Same Ground is a story about what time washes away and what persists — and what we might find, unexpectedly, if we go looking.

Russell Wangersky is the multiple-award-winning author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction, including Burning Down the HouseWhirl Away, and The Hour of Bad Decisions. Formerly a columnist with the SaltWire newspaper chain, he is currently editor-in-chief of the Saskatchewan Postmedia newspapers. He and Vryenhoek live in Saskatoon, SK.

Marina Endicott is the author of Good to a Fault, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Little Shadows, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award; Close to Hugh, which was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and The Difference, which won the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and editor, and now lives in Saskatoon, SK.

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Same Ground

- Russell Wangersky

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"Read him." -- George Elliott Clarke, author of I & I and George and Rue An award-winning author goes looking for the meaning of family and belonging on a glorious wild-goose-chase road trip across middle America Wangersky's great-great-grandfather crossed the continent in search of gold in 1849. William Castle Dodge was his name, and he was 22 years old. He wrote a diary of that eventful journey that comes into the author's hands 160 years later. And typically, quixotically, Wangersky decides to follow Dodge's westward trail across the great bulging middle of America, not in search of gold but something even less likely: that elusive thing called family. What ensues becomes this story, by turns hilarious and profound, about a very long trip -- by car, in Wangersky's case, and on mule and foot in Dodge's. Interweaving his experiences on the road with Dodge's diary, the author contemplates the human need to hunt for roots and meaning as he -- and Dodge -- encounter immigrants who risk everything to be somewhere else, while only glimpsing those who are there already and who want to hold onto their claim in the stream of human migration. Same Ground is a story about what time washes away and what persists -- and what we might find, unexpectedly, if we go looking.