As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. —
May 2nd, 7:00 pm
Most readers will confess to mining the details of their favourite novels for evidence of the writer’s life. Switch out one gender for another, add ten years and relocate a character to another province or territory and we’re all but certain that the writer is talking about his or her first love, a parent, an old boss, maybe a child.
What, though, of the non-fiction writer and the memoirist? What of the people we’ve come to know only through a very focused view of their world? Do we take for granted that we know something about them? Do we as readers fictionalize non-fiction writers?
Presented by Blue Heron Books and the Book Madam, join Sue Reynolds in a fascinating conversation featuring:
• James FitzGerald, author of What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (winner of the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize), an astounding memoir about multiple generations of successful physicians gripped by mental illness.
• Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (winner of The Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction), which has garnered praise and media attention in large part due to Westoll’s first-hand experience as a volunteer caregiver
• Julie Wilson, founder of SeenReading.com, the addictive online literary voyeurism movement that tracks the reading habits of Torontonians, now a book of microfictions (Freehand Books, print; HarperCollins Canada, ebook)
Your $40 ticket will include wine and cheese from the Passionate Cook’s Essentials and a $20 voucher towards book of your choice and wine and cheese.