Angie Abdou, Trevor Cole, and Karen Connelly In Conversation > OCTOBER 25
Toronto Lit Up and Type Books invite you to a totally PG-13 (or 14A) literary threesome that also serves as the launch of Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou's fifth book, In Case I Go. The three novelists explore the complications and nuances of desire, love, marriage, and betrayal in their latest works of fiction.
ABOUT IN CASE I GO
Eli and his parents have returned to their family home in Coalton, a small mountain town. The parents, Nicholas and Lucy, hope that by escaping their hectic city lives, they will restore calm and stability to their marriage, but they find that once charming Coalton is no longer the remote idyll they remembered. Development of a high-end subdivision has disturbed a historic graveyard, drawing negative press from national media. While Nicholas works long hours at the local coal mine and Lucy battles loneliness and depression, Eli befriends Mary, a troubled Ktunaxa girl who lives next door. Both children, disturbed by visions of people and places long forgotten, are challenged to account for past lives of seduction and betrayal.
ABOUT THE CHANGE ROOM
Eliza Keenan is the mother of two young sons, the owner of a flower studio that caters to the city's elite, and the loving wife of a deliciously rumpled math professor named Andrew. She's on the move from dawn until her boys are in bed, and after they're asleep she cleans her house. Her one complaint about her life is that the only time she has for herself is her twice-weekly swim in the local community centre pool, where sunlight shines in through a tall window and lights up the water in a way that reminds her of the year she spent as a footloose youth on an island in Greece. Then one morning into this life that is full of satisfactions of all kinds except sexual (because who has the time or the energy once the kids are asleep?) comes a tall, dark and lovely stranger, a young woman Eliza encounters at the pool and nicknames 'the Amazon.' The sight of this woman, naked in the change room, completely undoes Eliza, and soon the two of them are entangled in an affair that breaks all the rules, and threatens to capsize not only Eliza and her happy family, but her lover's world, too. And yet the sex is so all-encompassing, so intimate, so true...how can it be bad? Be ready to be shaken up, woken up, scandalized and deeply stirred.
ABOUT HOPE MAKES LOVE
All former major league baseball player Zep Baker needs to put his life back on track is to revive his marriage by convincing his wife to return to Tampa with their daughter. But his wife won’t fall for his pleading or his old tricks. He needs a new game plan. Enter Hope, a neuroscience researcher who he persuades to help him in this endeavour. The resulting life-experiment takes both characters to places they did not foresee and for which they are not prepared. With his award-winning comic touch, Trevor Cole has written a novel of great compassion and depth, taking an innovative approach to the brain-versus-heart debate that has been the material for philosophers, poets, dramatists, and novelists for centuries.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Angie Abdou has a PhD from the University of Calgary and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her first novel, The Bone Cage (NeWest Press), was a finalist in CBC's Canada Reads competition. She is also the author of The Canterbury Trail (Brindle & Glass), Anything Boys Can Do (Thistledown Press), and Between (Arsenal Pulp Press). her latest novel, In Case I Go, will be published in the fall of 2017. She lives in Fernie, BC.
Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His journalism has garnered him twenty-five National Magazine Award nominations and nine awards. His novels, which include most recently Hope Makes Love, have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction twice and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Cole lives in Toronto.
Karen Connelly is the prize-winning author of eleven books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a memoir and a love story on the Thai-Burmese border that was nominated for a Governor General's Award and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her first novel, The Lizard Cage, won the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Married with a young son, she divides her time between homes in rural Greece and Toronto.
with Angie Abdou, Trevor Cole, and Karen Connelly
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Wednesday, October 25, 7-9pm
Presented by Toronto Lit Up