CBC's Sandra Abma sits down with two of this country’s most acclaimed—and most humorous—authors whose new novels chronicle journeys of self-discovery undertaken under the microscope of fame. When your every move is subject to public scrutiny and perfect strangers have an option on every choice you make, it’s not easy to live an authentic life.
Bestselling author Amy Jones returns to the Festival with
Every Little Piece of Me,
a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye—because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it’s easy to forget who you really are. Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family’s (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be “the Next Big Thing.” As their private tragedies become social media and tabloid fodder, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they’ve been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they'd lost forever—the right to their own stories.
Terry Fallis, two-time Leacock Medal winner and winner of CBC Canada Reads, returns with
a novel about destiny—and what it means to forge your own path. It introduces us to Adam Coryell, an average high-school student who discovers he is good—very good, in fact—at golf. Almost instantly, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids. But here’s the catch: Adam doesn’t really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away, he can’t help but wonder if success and fame are enough for him.
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