30
Friday
Sep
2016
Southminster United Church15 Alymer Ave. (corner of Bank)
7:00pm

Barkskins:
One on One with
Annie Proulx

Presented with Kingston WritersFest and the Embassy of the United States
"Annie Proulx’s Barkskins is remarkable not just for its length, but for its scope and ambition. It’s a monumental achievement, one that will perhaps be remembered as her finest work
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Annie Proulx - Photo courtesy of Gus Powell

The Writers Festival is thrilled to be partnering with Kingston WritersFest and the Embassy of the United States to bring Annie Proulx to Canada.

From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prizeand National Book Award-­winning author of  The Shipping News  and Brokeback Mountaincomes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. 

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