Manx Pub370 Elgin St.

Fiction Cabaret
with Ray Robertson
and Harry Karlinsky

Hosted by CBC's Laurence Wall
"Ray Robertson is an irrepressible voice, with brass balls, and a heart of gold. I Was There the Night He Died is a hilarious, moving, insightful, and timely piece of modern realism, delightfully void of literary pretension. Here, at last, is a novel that rocks and rolls.
— Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Photo courtesy of Ian Willms
Harry Karlinsky
Ray Robertson

An afternoon of acclaimed fiction presented in collaboration with the Plan 99 Reading Series.  


Starring a 40-something writer who stumbles through the small town he thought he'd left behind forever, and a marooned teenager who wishes she were anywhere else, Ray Robertson ’s I Was There The Night He Died is a saucy, swaggering look at loss, love, and the redeeming power of music in the twenty-first century.


While digging through the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, trying to figure out why his hero, Sigmund Freud, never received a Nobel Prize, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery: Alfred Nobel added a secret codicil to his will: “a prize - reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates - was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.” But is this fact or is this fiction? Harry Karlinsky ’s The Stonehenge Letters acts as a wryly documented archive of a fascinating secret competition, complete with strange but illuminating submissions and a contentious prize-awarding process. 


Hosted by Laurence Wall,  Radio News Producer, CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Often recognized as the “voice of the CBC” in the capital region - Laurence Wall is the Radio News Producer at CBC Ottawa. Laurence prepares and delivers newscasts weekdays on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM. He is also known in the newsroom as the go-to guy for pronunciation and English usage. A native of Winnipeg, Laurence honed his craft at the CBC Saskatoon and Fredericton before coming to Ottawa in 1993.


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