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Happy Hour: Book Club Bonanza

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Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9

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A middle-school science teacher who may or may not be a killer. An empty-nester who runs a senior’s centre by day but is addicted to an online porn site called MILFateria.com at night. Polyamorous millennials. Join ivereadthis.com blogger Anne Logan for a unique opportunity to discuss recent Wordfest Book Club reads The Substitute, Mrs. Fletcher, and Next Year, For Sure with their actual authors!

The Substitute (Nicole Lundrigan)

Warren Botts is a disillusioned PhD, taking a break from his lab to teach middle-school science. Gentle, soft-spoken, and lonely, he innocently befriends Amanda, one of his students. But one morning, Amanda is found dead in his backyard, and Warren, shocked, flees the scene. As the small community slowly turns against him, an anonymous narrator, a person of extreme intelligence and emotional detachment, offers insight into events past and present. As the tension builds, we gain an intimate understanding of the power of secrets, illusions, and memories.

Mrs. Fletcher (Tom Perrotta)

A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with an anonymous text reading “U R my MILF!” While leading her all-too-placid life, Eve can’t curtail her obsession with the message and her new interest in a website that features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Meanwhile, Eve’s son Brendan, a jock and aspiring frat-boy, discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head one fateful November night.

Sharp, witty and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

Next Year, For Sure (Zoey Leigh Peterson)

After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy: warm and loving and deeply intertwined. But as content as they are, an enduring loneliness continues to haunt them. When Chris tells Kathryn about his attraction to Emily, a friendly young woman he sees often at the laundromat, Kathryn encourages him to ask her out on a date, tumbling them headfirst into an open relationship. This beautiful, empathic and tremendously honest debut novel explores and challenges our understanding of love and human connection.

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