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Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave.

A Great Reckoning with Louise Penny

Presented with the NAC's Canada Scene. Hosted by Patricia Filteau

A Great Reckoning with Louise Penny

Presented with the NAC's Canada Scene. Hosted by Patricia Filteau
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave.
Jean Francois Berube
Louise Penny - Photo by Mikael Theimer
Our evening begins when the Capital Crime Writers announce the winners of the Audrey Jessup Short Short Contest. The shortlist is Pam Isfeld for What She Knew, Wyn Quon for Anything but Retail and Theresa Ann Wallace for Scar Tissue
The stellar team of judges who adjudicated, critiqued and made the selection will be in attendance and copies of their books will be available. They are: Brenda Chapman, Madona Skaff-Koren and Melissa Yuan-Innes.

Join us for a conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny, winner of the CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award.  A Great Reckoning is the latest of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels.

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

The Festival will make a donation to Carefor Health and Community Services for each ticket sold. Their Perley Adult Day Program  provides a supportive "day away" for people living with dementia. Clients enjoy a day of activities designed to enhance their well-being, all while providing their caregivers with a day of respite. 

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

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