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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

A World of Curiosities

with Louise Penny
Hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers

A World of Curiosities

with Louise Penny
Hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Louise Penny - Photo by Mikael Theimer
Shelagh Rogers

Join us for Shelagh Rogers and Louise Penny in conversation to celebrate the publication of  A World of Curiosities . Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in the beloved series.


Book and Ticket option includes a signed hardcover copy of A World of Curiosities . Your book will be available at the event.


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person. Livestream tickets are available for those unable to attend in person.


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


It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.


But something has.


As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.


But to what end?


Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?


As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.


As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.


In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.


Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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