Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

The Only Journey
with Andrew Westoll,
Susan Perly
and Steven Heighton

Hosted by Peter Schneider
"Heighton is an experienced adventurer in literary form....A novel of big ideas and beautiful language.
— The New York Times Book Review
Andrew Westoll
Steven Heighton - Photo courtesy of Mary Huggard
Susan Perly - Photo courtesy of Dennis Lee

Join us for a conversation with authors whose globe-spanning stories of danger and discovery bring to mind Rilke’s assertion that “the only journey in the one within.”

Andrew Westoll, winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, makes his Festival debut with his novel, The Jungle South of the Mountain. In an unnamed country on the northern coast of South America, a scientist named Stanley is deeply embedded in the life of the rainforest. He’s been studying a troop of capuchin monkeys for eight years—seven since his wife, Maria, left him, and their mentor, Professor Collymore, mysteriously disappeared

Journalist, war correspondent and radio producer Susan Perly’s acclaimed second novel Death Valley is a sexy, fast-paced tale that's part Pynchon, part Tarantino and so radioactive you'll need a Geiger counter. Legendary war photographer Vivienne Pink has five days to photograph servicemen about to deploy for active combat. Accompanied by her husband, a celebrated novelist, and her best friend, a former CIA spook, Vivienne heads out into the Nevada desert in search of adrenaline, vengeance and the perfect shot.

From internationally acclaimed and Governor General’s Award-winning author Steven Heighton comes The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep , a passionate novel of buried secrets, the repercussions of war and finding love among the ruins.

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