Join three of Canada’s most acclaimed novelists for a taste of their new books and a conversation on how to bring the past to life on the page, and why exploring history can be so rewarding.
Set in the time when Darwin was reshaping the world and a new breed of explorer-hero possessed the popular imagination, The Naturalist, by Giller Prize nominee Alissa York, is a spellbinding tale of loss, discovery and love.
Facing the dwindling years of his life, an old man waits for his turn on the auction block, hoping to be sold to a family as decent as the one he is leaving. Daniel Poliquin's picaresque novel, The Angel's Jig, translated into English by Wayne Grady, revisits an all-but-forgotten era, when orphaned children and the elderly poor were auctioned into a form of indentured servitude
The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is a landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada’s most accomplished writers. At once sweeping and intimate, and bursting with heart, wit and larger-than-life characters who rival the Rocky Mountain landscape for sheer brio. Katherine Govier proves she is one of Canada’s master storytellers with this new novel, which is a groundbreaking portrait of Western Canada’s past, with all its contradictions and complexities, an intimate story of romance and family, and a tantalizing historical—and prehistorical—mystery.
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