Reading: Alberta Literary Awards Finalists

Virtual readings with finalists for the Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Featuring: Lee Kvern Peter Midgley Clem Martini Annette Lapointe Timothy Caulfield Jannie Edwards Katie Bickell Tyler Enfield

. . . And This is the Cure (2020)

…And This is the Cure follows Allison Winter, public radio pop-culture journalist and former riot grrrrrl as she regains custody of her adolescent daughter, Hanna, following the murder of her ex-husband. She is unprepared to deal with either the demands of parenting or the fury of her ex-husband’s religiously conservative, grieving family, so she pulls up roots and…

You Are Not Needed Now (2017)

Often set within the small towns of the Canadian prairies, the stories in You Are Not Needed Now dissect and examine the illusion of appearances, the myth of normalcy, and the allure of artifice. Lapointe presents characters who are extraordinarily, awfully real. They are strange, vulgar, ugly, and messy, collecting blood-stained cotton pads and hairs from shower…

Volé (2016)

Paresseux et apparemment solitaire, Rowan Friesen est un trafiquant de drogue et un voleur à la petite semaine qui vit dans une banlieue éloignée de Saskatoon, où il revend son butin sur Internet et deale du crystal meth à des collégiens désoeuvrés. À première vue, sa vie semble insignifiante, mais la réalité est plus complexe, Friesen étant victime d’une mère égocentrique, d’un père atteint de maladie mentale et d’une histoire d’amitié aux conséquences incendiaires. Il n’est peut-être pas la personne la plus sympathique au monde, mais son récit est passionnant. Voléest une histoire de vol, d’amour et de folie au coeur des prairies canadiennes et au rythme de mix musicaux déchainés au volant d’un pick-up roulant à fond de train sur les chemins de terrecahoteux. L’hommage pour Volé « Mes incursions dans la littérature de la Saskatchewan n’ont pas été transcendantes jusqu’à maintenant. . . . Ce roman me réconcilie! Volé frappe fort…

Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012)

Cousins Jennifer and Jason live close together as small kids, exploring their rural home. They live in adjacent, sometimes overlapping, households. But one act of family violence begets another, and the cousins drift apart. By adolescence, the two are estranged. Jennifer grows closer to her best friend, Donna, an evangelical minister’s daughter who rebels against…

Stolen (2006)

Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug-dealing and small-time thievery on the outer edges of Saskatoon. Shiftless and seemingly friendless, he is, at first glance, an unlikely protagonist. But as Stolen unfolds, we learn the details of Rowan’s life: his well-meaning but self-absorbed mother, his mentally ill father, and a high-school friendship both lustful and incendiary….