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Special Limited Seating Event
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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
3:00pm

Book Launch: The Cold Edge of Heaven

with Whit Fraser
Hosted by Madeline Alakkarialak

Book Launch: The Cold Edge of Heaven

with Whit Fraser
Hosted by Madeline Alakkarialak
1
Saturday
Oct
3:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Special Limited Seating Event
Free
Whit Fraser

Join us for the launch of The Cold Edge of Heaven by  journalist, award-winning author, and viceregal consort, Whit Fraser.  

 

Set in 1924 at a desolate police outpost on Devon Island in Canada’s far north, this is a story of murder, mystery, and love—intensified by a clash of cultures between Inuit guides and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who live and work alongside them.

 

Will Grant is one of three constables who, along with their guides and families, are dropped on the windy gravel beach of Dundas Harbour. But no amount of training—not even the horrors of the First World War—would prepare the officers for ice-locked isolation and physical threats from ocean storms, blizzards, avalanches, months of darkness, and marauding polar bears.

 

The mental and emotional strain are exacerbated by two mysterious, violent deaths. When the Inuit abandon the outpost, Grant realizes that his values and beliefs have changed in ways he could not have imagined.

 

Although alone and crushed by the inexplicable murders, Grant has learned much about the Arctic through Naudla, wife of one of the guides—and his secret lover. Through her, he discovers the magnificent beauty of the land and ice-covered ocean. This is not a frozen hell, but rather the cold edge of heaven.

 

Cold Edge of Heaven is a historical fiction adventure set in the Canadian Arctic at the now-abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost of Dundas Harbour. Stations such as these were central to Canada asserting its sovereignty over the vast far north, with the Mounties serving as “human flagpoles.”

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  

 

Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.

 

Ticket holders unable to attend in person can request access to the livestream. 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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