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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
7:00pm

The Last Chairlift

With John Irving
Hosted by Peter Schneider

The Last Chairlift

With John Irving
Hosted by Peter Schneider
12
Monday
Dec
7:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
General
$25
$30
Reduced
$20
$25
Patrons
Free
Free
Get Tickets
(door price)
John Irving

One of the world’s greatest novelists returns to our stage with The Last Chairlift, his first novel in seven years—a ghost story and a love story, spanning eight decades of sexual politics.

 

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them, The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year. Now Irving has written what he calls his last long novel—only shorter ones ahead.

 

In Aspen, Colorado, in 1941, Rachel Brewster is a slalom skier at the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. Little Ray, as she is called, finishes nowhere near the podium, but she manages to get pregnant. Back home, in New England, Little Ray becomes a ski instructor. Her son, Adam, grows up in a family that defies conventions and evades questions concerning the eventful past. Years later, looking for answers, Adam will go to Aspen. In the Hotel Jerome, where he was conceived, Adam will meet some ghosts; they aren’t the first or the last ghosts he sees.

 

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

 

This event will be held in the Sanctuary and we are pleased to offer Audio Assist technology via the free Audio Everywhere App to ensure an optimal experience. Here's a short video explaining how to use it.

 

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. Livestream links will be sent about an hour prior and will remain active for 48 hours. Please email kira@writersfestival.org with proof of purchase to request a link.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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