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Spur Calgary: Books That Spur - Catherine Graham on 'Quarry'
Sun, 4 June 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Spur sits down with award winning poet Catherine Graham to discuss her first novel Quarry at the newly-renvoated Memorial Library in Calgary's Beltway.
Set in southern Ontario during the 1980’s, acclaimed poet Catherine Graham’s debut novel is as layered as the open-pit mine for which it is named. Only child Caitlin Maharg lives with her parents beside a water-filled limestone quarry, but her idyllic upbringing collapses when she learns her mother is dying. After a series of family secrets emerges, she must confront the past and face her uncertain future. Lyrically charged, jewelled with images, and at times darkly comic, Graham’s prose weaves a mysterious, hypnotic tale of loss, deception, and the courage to swim the depths of life alone.
About Catherine Graham
Catherine Graham’s most recent poetry collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University while living in Northern Ireland. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Ulster Tatler, LRC, Malahat Review, CBC Books and elsewhere. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry Now, she publishes two books in 2017: her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest and her debut novel, Quarry.