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An Afternoon with Will Ferguson

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John Dutton Theatre

Calgary Public Library, 2nd Floor

616 Macleod Trail

Calgary, Alberta T2G 2M2

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We’re delighted that 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Will Ferguson has chosen to launch his new book, The Shoe on the Roof, in his hometown of Calgary. Imagine meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you? From the three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour comes a startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson is the author of three previous novels, including 419, a story of heartbreak and revenge in the international world of cybercrime, which was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ferguson’s travel memoirs include journeys across Japan, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland. A three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, Ferguson has been nominated for both a Commonwealth Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. He lives in Calgary.

The Shoe on the Roof

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted medical student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, determined to “cure” his subjects: three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs – a delusion that can’t, by its nature, be shared. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.

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