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January 24, 2011

Jack Hodgins at the Robson Reading Series

Gurjinder Basran and Jack Hodgins (rescheduled from a postponed event during snow-vember) will be joined by Drew Hayden Taylor.

Drew will be launching his new collection of essays, News: Postcards from the Four Directions (Talonbooks, 2010). Gurjinder and Jack are two BC novelists with a special connection: Gurjinder’s first novel, Everything Was Good-Bye (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2010), was chosen by Jack as the winner of the 2010 Search for the Great BC Novel Contest.

Everything Was Good-bye centres around Meena, a young Indo-Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland of BC and struggling with love, loss and self-acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals. Gurjinder’s work has also been shortlisted for the 2008 Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Award and earned her a place in the Vancouver Sun’s annual speculative arts and culture article, “Ones To Watch.”

Jack will be reading from his recently released novel, The Master of Happy Endings (Thomas Allen, 2010), which tells the story of a man in his late seventies who conjures one more great adventure for himself by running an ad in his local newspaper. Alice Munro describes it as “an irresistible novel about the vagaries of youth, old age, Hollywood, family and the marvel of keeping going.” Jack has written eight novels and three story collections, including Spit Delaney’s Island and The Invention of the World. His fiction has won a Governor General’s Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, among others. In 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Drew’s new book is fast on the heels of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass (Knopf, 2010), his first novel for adults and a finalist for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. In News: Postcards from the Four Directions, Drew sends his readers fascinating and funny “postcards” from his global exploration of “the complexities of Native identity and perceptions of Native peoples by others.” The Vancouver Sun has said that Drew “has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary,” so be prepared for a riotous send-up.

Readings and discussion will begin at 7:00 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square. Admission is free, refreshments are served. Books are available for purchase and signing.

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