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Andrew Davidson (Launch)

Monday Aug 18 2008 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Polo Park location, in the Events Alcove.
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Launch of The Gargoyle, a literary debut about a love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. Moving between present day and medieval Germany, The Gargoyle tells the story of a man in a burn ward, disfigured beyond recognition and Marianne, a schizophrenic sculptress on the lam from the psych ward who believes the two have known each other for seven hundred years. And so, Marianne begins to tell him their story, when she was a nun and he was a wounded mercenary, carving away his disbelief and slowly drawing him into the orbit and power of a word he'd never uttered: love.

ANDREW DAVIDSON was born in Pinawa, Manitoba, and graduated in 1995 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. He has worked as a teacher in Japan, where he has lived on and off, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese Web sites. The Gargoyle, the product of seven years' worth of research and composition, is his first book. Davidson lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Already an international literary sensation, The Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible. Advance praise for The Gargoyle:

“I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive."

—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

“The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast. It's hard to believe that this is Andrew Davidson's first novel: He barrels out of the chute with the narrative brio and confidence, not to mention the courage, of a seasoned master. This book plucks the reader off the ground and whirls her through the air until she shouts from sheer abandonment and joy. What a great, grand treat.”

—Peter Straub