85 Queen: An Evening with Fredrik Backman

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85 Queen: An Evening with Fredrik Backman

Bestselling author Fredrik Backman returns to Kitchener Public Library to discuss his latest novel, The Winners.

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Kitchener Public Library 85 Queen St. N. Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1 Canada

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In conversation with Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star Books Editor.

The long-awaited conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling and “engrossing” (People) Beartown series—which inspired an HBO series of the same name—follows the small hockey town’s residents as they grapple with change, pain, hope, and redemption.

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?

As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home?


About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.

Please note: This is an in-person event taking place in the theatre at our Central Library location (85 Queen St. N.). Doors open at 6:30pm .

Copies of Fredrik's book will be available for sale courtesy of Indigo Kitchener. Book signing to follow theatre event.

Cafe Pyrus is open in our Reading Lounge with a selection of coffee, tea, and beverages, as well as sandwiches and snacks. Food and drink are permitted in the Theatre.

Unable to attend in-person? This event will also be live streamed. To access the live stream, please select the "Online" ticket option.

***Limit two tickets per person. As our events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.***


Please don't print your tickets! We're trying to reduce paper waste for 85 Queen events, so please don't bother printing your ticket. We'll either scan your ticket on your smartphone or quickly find your name on our tablets and check you in. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6:30 pm.

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