25
Saturday
Apr
2015
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street
6:30pm

The Time to Make It Shorter
with Mark Anthony Jarman,
Steven Hayward, Heather O'Neill
and Guy Vanderhaeghe

Hosted by CBC’s Sandra Abma
"Guy Vanderhaeghe [is] one of North America’s best writers.
— Annie Proulx
Guy Vanderhaeghe - Photo courtesy of Grant McConnell
Heather O'Neill - Photo courtesy of Julia C Vona
Mark Anthony Jarman - Photo courtesy of Brian Atkinson
Steven Hayward - Photo courtesy of Tim Trunnell

Some may think of the short story as a kind of appetizer and the novel as main course, but we’re showcasing four acclaimed writers who prove how big a meal a single story can be–and what a feast we can find in their impressive collections. Blaise Pascal once wrote, “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” These four amazing talents have taken the time to craft fully realized stories that remind us how much can be said in a few well-chosen words.

 

In Knife Party at the Hotel Europa , New Brunswick’s Mark Anthony Jarman writes about losing and finding love, marriage and melancholy, and the dislocation and redemptive power of travel in Italy’s sensual summer. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this extraordinary collection brings us face to face with the inescapable “hereness” of here and “nowness” of now, a perfectly executed exploration of what it means not merely to live, but to be alive.

 

Erudite and funny, nostalgic and fanciful, the stories in To Dance the Beginning of the World by Steven Hayward unlock the secret longings and unlooked-for victories that make up everyday life. Whether he finds himself in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Bat Day, or caught off guard by the myriad ways in which a recipe and its misspellings are a window into the woman who wrote it years before, or gently exploring how loss and love get intertwined, he writes with a sure sense of his characters and the complex, imperfect worlds they inhabit.

 

Heather O'Neill’s distinctive style and voice fill the charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories in her new collection Daydreams of Angels . Her unforgettable novels, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Lullabies for Little Criminals, captivated readers. Here, her voice takes flight in a collection of original stories that surprise and delight readers as they evoke sorrow, laughter and heartbreak. 

 

With Daddy Lenin and Other Stories , award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe returns to the form that launched his stellar literary career. Here is a grand master writing at the height of his powers: Both timely and timeless, these nine stories are a testament to his talent as a storyteller and observer of the human condition.

 

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