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Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Love and Fear: Rupert Thomson, Wayne Grady & David Gilmour

Love and Fear: Rupert Thomson, Wayne Grady & David Gilmour

Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
Don Denton
David Gilmour
Rupert Thomson - Photo by Robin Farquhar-Thomson
Wayne Grady - Photo by Gerry Kingsley

Three acclaimed storytellers take the stage to share short excerpts from their work and to participate in a conversation on the twin forces of love and fear in their work and, perhaps, their creative process. 


It is Florence, 1691. In Secrecy, Rupert Thompson’s ninth acclaimed novel, the Renaissance is long gone, and the city is a dark, repressive place, where everything is forbidden and anything is possible. The Enlightenment may be just around the corner, but knowledge is still the property of the few, and they guard it fiercely. Secrecy is a novel that buzzes with intrigue and ideas. It is a love story, a murder mystery, a portrait of a famous city in an age of austerity, an exercise in concealment and revelation, but above all it is a trapdoor narrative, one story dropping unexpectedly into another, the ground always slippery, uncertain.


Steeped in jazz and big-band music, spanning pre- and post-war Windsor-Detroit, St. John's, Newfoundland, and 1950s Toronto, Emancipation Day is Wayne Grady ’s 15th acclaimed book and his first novel. It is an arresting, heartwrenching novel about fathers and sons, love and sacrifice, race relations and a time in our history when the world was on the cusp of momentous change.


Over the course of one Saturday night, a man and his half-sister meet at her request to spend the evening preparing for her assisted death. They drink and reminisce fondly, sadly, amusingly about their lives and especially her children, both of whom have led dramatic and profoundly different lives. Extraordinary, the new novel by international bestseller and Governor General’s Award Winner David Gilmour, is a gentle consideration of assisted suicide, but it is also a story about siblings—about how brothers and sisters turn out so differently; about how little, in fact, turns out the way we expect. This is a novel about the extraordinary business of being alive.


Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


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