Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Chateau Laurier Ballroom1 Rideau St,
7:00pm

The Bittlemores

with Jann Arden
Hosted by Alan Neal

The Bittlemores

with Jann Arden
Hosted by Alan Neal
10
Friday
Nov
2023
7:00pm
Chateau Laurier Ballroom
1 Rideau St,
Jann Arden - Photo by Alkan Emin

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the Chateau Laurier with CBC Radio’s Alan Neal in conversation with Jann Arden–bestselling author, singer-songwriter, member of Canada's Music Hall of Fame and star of her own hit TV sitcom–in celebration of her debut novel, The Bittlemores.

 

In person tickets include a signed copy of the novel!

 

Speical thanks to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for their support of the Festival and this special event.

 

On mean Harp Bittlemore’s blighted farm, hidden away in the Backhills, nothing has gone right for a very long time. Crops don’t grow, the pigs and chickens stay skinny and the three aged dairy cows, Berle, Crilla and Dally, are so desperate they are plotting an escape. The one thing holding them back is the thought of abandoning young Willa, the single bright point in their life since her older sister, Margaret, ran away.

But Willa Bittlemore, just turning 14, is planning her own rebellion. Something doesn’t add up in the story she’s been told about her missing sister, and she's beginning to question if her horrible parents are even her parents at all. Just as things are really coming to a head, a bright young police officer starts investigating a cold case involving a baby stolen from a little rural hospital 28 years earlier, and Willa and the cows find out exactly how far the Bittlemores will go to protect a festering secret.

 

Written with Jann’s trademark outrageous humour and full of her down-to-earth wisdom, The Bittlemores is a rural fairytale, a coming-of-age story and a prairie mystery all-in-one, saturated with her observations of the world she grew up in and her deep connection to the animals we exploit.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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