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Lit On Tour Aurora: An Evening with Dave Bidini

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Join multi-talented Dave Bidini at the Aurora Public Library for a reading from his newest book and a conversation with Brock Weir.

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As an author, musician and journalist, Dave Bidini is the only Canadian to have been nominated in Canada’s top three entertainment awards: a Gemini Award, a Juno Award and a Genie Award. Join multi-talented Bidini at the Aurora Public Library for a reading from his newest book, Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North, and a conversation with Brock Weir. Bidini’s book will be available for purchase with a signing to follow the event. Hosted by Reccia Mandelhorn.

Presented in partnership with Aurora Public Library. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

ABOUT THE BOOK

As a journalist, author and founding member of the trail-blazing band Rheostatics, Dave Bidini has had the privilege to explore Canada's immense geography. Yet, in all his many travels, he'd never visited the Northwest Territories. After an all-too-brief visit to a literary festival in Yellowknife, Bidini was hooked on the place and its people. When he returned home, all he could do was think about going back to the North.

Facing a career crossroads and with memories of his recent visit to the Northwest Territories still fresh, Bidini, in a bold move, contacts the Yellowknifer, one of the last truly loval and independent newspapers, and signs on as a guest columnist for an unforgettable summer.

The Yellowknifer, like the city it serves, bucks all trends as a completely community-focused newspaper. Bidini's new position gives him access to a region that is on the one hand lost in time, and on the other faced with the stark realities of poverty, racism and addiction. Along the way, Midnight Light introduces readers to an extraordinary cast of Dene elders, entrepreneurs, artists, politicians and law enforcement officers as well as an assortment of complicated souls from the South who are looking for a chance to rebuild their lives and who face the same harsh economic realities as their new neighbours.

Woven throughout the narrative is the story of the irascible John McFadden, a veteran Toronto crime reporter who "escaped" to Yellowknife. McFadden is the key figure in the newspaper's ongoing fight with local authorities who do not take kindly to journalistic doggedness. During Bidini's tenure with the paper, McFadden makes headlines across the country when the RCMP charge him with obstruction while he is working on a story, culminating in a trial in which nothing less than journalistic freedom is at stake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books including On a Cold RoadTropic of HockeyAround the World in 57 1/2 Gigs and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, The Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel and in 2017, he launched West End Phoenix, Canada’s newest broadsheet newspaper.

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