Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street

Family Matters
with Zoe Whittall,
Katherena Vermette
and David Bergen

Hosted by Carleton University’s Susan Birkwood
"At once grand and intimate, Stranger is an epic story with a very human heart.
— Rachel Giese
David Bergen
Katherena Vermette
Zoe Whittall
Join us for an evening with three award-winning authors whose work explore issues of loyalty, truth, and the ties that bind.

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. How do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt? In her new novel, The Best Kind of People,  award-winning author Zoe Whittall introduces us to an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break—a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house—she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.  The Break  by Katherena Vermette, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, presents a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim—police, family, and friends—tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.

From  David Bergen, the Giller prize-winning author of The Time in Between and Canada Reads finalist for The Age of Hope, comes  Strangera stirring tale that lays bare the bonds of motherhood, revealing just how far a mother will go to reclaim her stolen child. Íso, a young Guatemalan, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, where she becomes the secret lover of an American doctor, Eric Mann. Before Íso can tell Dr. Mann that she is pregnant, he is gone. After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her and sent to America. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, Íso makes her way north through Mexico, eventually crossing illegally into a United States divided into military zones.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our  free  children’s literacy programs.

See Also

Join Wait List

Family Matters with Zoe Whittall, Katherena Vermette and David Bergen

Notify me if new tickets come available for this event

Number of tickets:

Family Matters with Zoe Whittall, Katherena Vermette and David Bergen

RSVP to help us ensure there are enough seats at this event