Start: 6:00 pm
We are delighted to present this visit by Lynn Coadya writer who is one of the most accomplished novelists at work anywhereand yet only now is having her first novel published in the U.S. Originally from Nova Scotia, but with residency in Ottawa and Vancouver along the way, she's presently in Edmonton. The author of four previous books, she is here with the delightful, smart novel that is The Antagonist (Knopf). "Audacious, funny, firecracker hot and risky ... Few writers could pull off a novel as unusual and challenging as The Antagonist. And Coady makes the book exhilarating for the reader by creating a volatile, wounded, and possibly unhinged narrator. Here is a man you might not want to spend even an hour with, but Coady rivets us to the page and we can't avert our eye ... A serious and hilarious book."- Chronicle Herald. "Wildly enthralling ... a quixotic coming-of-age story, a comedy of very bad manners, and a thoughtful inquiry into the very nature of self. It's the sort of noveland Coady the sort of writerdeserving of every accolade." - National Post.
Start: 8:00 pm
Portland-based zinester and illustrator Nicole Georges' graphic narrative, Calling Dr. Laura (Mariner), is about growing up, coming out, and coming to terms with a Syrian American mother whose official version of the family story might not be exactly accurate. Calling Dr. Laura has its roots in Nicole Georges' standout autobiographical comics, now turned into a beautiful book. "Nicole Georges' Calling Dr. Laura is an engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant trip through an emotional bottleneck in family life. It's great art, great writing, a great storyI can't wait for what's next from Nicole." - Rachel Maddow. Some of Nicole Georges' previous comics have been collected into Invisible Summer (Microcosm Publishing), a two-volume anthology, and have been widely anthologized. She's also appeared as part of Sister Spit: The Next Generation.