Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Present Tense
with Angie Abdou,
Carleigh Baker
and Eden Robinson

Hosted by JF Martel
"Eden Robinson is a masterful storyteller. Shimmering with deft prose, unforgettable characters, and haunting truths, Son of a Trickster reminds us that sometimes the surest way to solid ground is through believing in magic.
— Ami McKay
Angie Abdou
Carleigh Baker
Eden Robinson - Photo courtesy of Mark Raynes Roberts

Three of this country’s most exciting writers share new books that appraise a present tense that leans into the future while maintaining deep roots in the past. 

In Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou 's fifth work of fiction, 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. 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.

Carleigh Baker likes to make light in the dark. In Bad Endings , she takes troubled characters to a moment of realization or self-revelation, but the results aren't always pretty. Whether plumbing family ties, the end of a marriage, or death itself, she never lets go of the witty, the ironic, and perhaps most notably, the awkward. Despite the title, the resolution in these stories isn't always tragic, but it's often uncomfortable, unexpected, or just plain strange. Character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions abound.

With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the Giller-shortlisted author of the classic Monkey Beach and winner of the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, blends humour with heartbreak in Son of a Trickster , a compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and a cannibalistic river otter. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a family health emergency, Eden Robinson will not be able to join us but has kindly offered to record a video greeting and reading for the event. 

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