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. —
Wednesday, Jan. 21: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Presented by Nathalie, hosted by Leena (time TBD)
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Adult Onset by Anne Marie Macdonald: Presented by Lesa, hosted by Veronica: 6:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 18: The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich: Presented by Chris Chown, Location TBA: 6:30pm
Saul Indian Horse is dying. Tucked away in a hospice high above the clash and clang of a big city, he embarks on a marvellous journey of imagination back through the life he led as a northern Ojibway, with all its sorrows and joys.
With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.
Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man.
November 21, 2012 – Tin Mill Restaurant on Toronto Street N., 6:30pm dinner (optional, but highly recommended) 7:30pm discussion.
Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
Hey Everyone!! Anna gave an amazing presentation last night on Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety”. Everyone loved this book and it got a rating of 9.4 …pretty high praise, indeed!