The Fat Oyster Reading Series is honoured to feature Governor General, award-winning author Joan Thomas. The Winnipeg-based novelist will be reading from her fifth book, Wild Hope, a contemporary story about love, food, art, and ambition in a swiftly changing world.
Her previous novel, Five Wives, based on an ill-fated missionary endeavour in Ecuador in 1956, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2019. Joan’s earlier work was nominated for the Giller Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Margaret Laurence Award, and won a Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, to name a few.
Montreal author Anita Anand will be reading from her Ippy Gold Metal-winning book, Convergence of Solitudes, a story of identity, connection, and forgiveness that shares the lives of two families across Partition of India, Operation Babylift in Vietnam, and two referendums in Quebec. The recipient of numerous awards, Anand both writes original work and translates books into English.
Leading off the evening and just in time for herring season, local writer Dave Flawse will be sharing 1979, a true story about the year gold swam in BC waters—when herring gillnetters walked down local docks with $100,000 in plastic bags, and how it all came crashing down. Flawse writes at the intersection of history, science, and local interest for a selection of BC magazines. He’s regularly published in the BC Review for analysis of Canadian literature and is the publisher of VancouverIslandHistory.com.
Doors at 6:30pm. Begins at 7:00pm. By donation.