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Fans of the written word can rub shoulders with some of Canada’s leading literary lights in the Explorers’ Edge region this fall.
The 2014 Parry Sound Reading Series at the Charles Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts welcomes Waubgeshig Rice on September 28, 2014, who will read from his new novel, Legacy. It’s the story of four young Anishnaabe siblings trying to transform their family’s history of tragedy. Rice has been said to be “squarely at the forefront of the next wave of Native authors.”
Joining him as special guest will be Joseph Boyden. The Globe and Mail called his novel, The Orenda, “profoundly researched and told in elegant, muscular prose…. a great, heartbreaking novel, full of fierce action and superb characters and an unblinking humanity.” This award-winning book tells the incredible tale of Huron culture in 17th century Canada. With both Rice and Boyden on stage at the Stockey Centre, this will be an unforgettable evening of stories and storytelling.
On October 15, 2014, author Nancy Richler will read from her novel, The Imposter Bride. Short-listed for the Giller Prize and raved about by book critics internationally, it’s a tale of abandonment, false identity and inherited tragedy which the New York Times called “a narrative that speaks astutely to the unspeakable losses inherent in the human condition… and suggests that it is finally our shared unknowability that connects us.”
For more information on the Parry Sound Reading Series, contact the Stockey Centre or Parry Sound Books.
After three spectacular seasons in Huntsville (including an appearance by Margaret Atwood), the NorthWords Literary Festival of Muskoka has moved to Bracebridge, and will take place this year from October 3 – 5.
Daytime on Friday features master classes for aspiring writers, who’ll have help from a literary agent panel and who will participating in writing workshops led by Canadian authors Anne Lazurko and Michael Wuitchik.
If you’re a book aficionado, Friday evening’s wine and cheese with up-and-coming Canadian authors is not to be missed. Toronto’s Anthony de Sa had his first novel, Barnacle Love, short-listed for the Giller Prize and a Toronto Book Award, and his current novel, Kicking the Sky, is a national bestseller. Former politician and bestselling humourist Terris Fallis will also be there; his first novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Prize for humour and has been made into a CBC miniseries.
Saturday’s line-up includes a humourous breakfast with bestselling author Richard Scrimger and well-loved satirist Jim Foster. “Lunch with the New Spellbinders” features Anne Lazurko and three other first novelists sharing their triumphs: Krista Foss, Ali Bryan and Janet Turpin-Myers.
Next it’s time for non-fiction. Order of Canada laureate M.J. Vassanji won the Governor General’s Award for his tale of returning to the land of his ancestors, A Place Within: Rediscovering India, along with many other awards for fiction. Political writer, Muskoka resident and publisher J. Patrick Boyer’s latest book, Our Scandalous Senate, not only eviscerates the latest Senate wrongdoers but queries the very existence of the Senate. This event is sure to be entertaining.
Rounding out the festival at Sunday lunch are Claire Cameron, whose novel of survival, The Bear, is set in Algonquin Park, and Glad Bryce, who is not only an author documenting the role of women in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, but an athlete, artist, therapist, Bala Cranberry Festival organizer and a Bala, Ontario resident.
‘Tis the Season for Reading in Explorers’ Edge!