Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street
7:30pm

Character

With Gillian Wigmore and Helen Humphreys
Hosted by Sandra Ridley

Character

With Gillian Wigmore and Helen Humphreys
Hosted by Sandra Ridley
29
Monday
Oct
2018
7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks Street
Gillian Wigmore
Helen Humphreys

Explore emotional landscapes and the turbulent inner lives of characters brought vividly to life in the novels of B.C. poet Gillian Wigmore and Kingston’s Helen Humphreys. Join host Sandra Ridley for a conversation on what defines a character and how we might value an “ordinary” life.

 

In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather's cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyphonic fable riddled with tall tales, Glory , by acclaimed poet Gillian Wigmore, explores what it means to be a woman in north-central B.C. by flooding the shores of the human heart.

 

A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary, and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story, capture an unknowable woman and all the secret passions, choices and compromises that make up a life? In Machine Without Horses , Helen Humphreys explores the real life and the imagined internal life of the famously private salmon-fly dresser, Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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