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Sarah Klassen Hybrid Book Launch

Thursday Jan 19 2023 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming via YouTube
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Join Sarah Klassen for the launch of her new novel, The Russian Daughter (CMU Press) featuring a reading and a conversation hosted by Faith Johnston. A book signing will follow.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

With the Czarist empire in turmoil, a young Mennonite couple in what is now Ukraine adopts a Russian baby. Over the next years their lives twist, alter, and face very unexpected challenges. Amalia and Isaak Albrecht’s new family is not at all what they had dreamed of; nevertheless, it is a treasure essential for them to nourish and protect in the violent and unstable era of the Russian Revolution.

In plain, direct language, Sarah Klassen offers a story of hardship, uncertain loyalty, and strange moments of gratitude. At the novel’s centre is the surprising and defiant Sofia, the adopted Russian daughter, so unlike everyone around her, yet still needing love. This quiet, delicately written novel explores themes of belonging, responsibility, and the places we call home.

Sarah Klassen is an acclaimed Manitoba author of fiction and poetry. For many years an English teacher in the Winnipeg public school system, she also taught at summer institutes in Lithuania and Ukraine. Her published work includes eight poetry collections, the most recent being The Tree of Life (2020). Previous works of fiction are The Peony Season, A Feast of Longing, and The Wittenbergs. Her poetry has won National Magazine, Gerald Lampert, and Canadian Authors Association awards, while her fiction has won High Plains and Margaret McWilliams awards.

Host Faith Johnston lives in Winnipeg. She studied at the University of Manitoba (B.A., B.Educ.) and at Carleton University (M.A. Women’s Studies). Her work has been published in Dropped Threads 2, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Other Voices, and A Room of One's Own. Johnston’s first book, A Great Restlessness (University of Manitoba Press), looked at the life of Dorise Nielsen and was received with much acclaim. She is also the author of the novel The Only Man in the World (Turnstone Press) and Four Miles to Freedom (Random House India).

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The Russian Daughter

- Sarah Klassen

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With the Czarist empire in turmoil, a young Mennonite couple in what is now Ukraine adopt a Russian baby. This historical novel explores themes of belonging, responsibility, and the places we call home.