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Wordfest presents Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen
Mon, April 10, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
Powerhouse storytellers Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen appear before an all-ages audience to present their new novels, each celebrating the love that binds together even the most extraordinary family configurations and unique friendships. Whether you're twelve or ninety, there's something for everyone in this inclusive and accessible evening full of laughter, mind-blowing conversations, readings and an audience Q&A.
About The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first children's book follows the domestic adventures of a large, rumbustious, multicultural family. The Lotterys, as they call themselves, are headed up by a lesbian couple and a gay couple who joined forces to create a family, won a lottery jackpot and moved into a Victorian Gothic mansion in Toronto, where their enormous brood is home-schooled. It all seems perfectly normal to nine-year-old Sumac until their hitherto obscure grandfather Grumps comes to stay, upending the Lotterys' already chaotic family life.
About Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Susin Nielsen got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit show and four of the Degrassi books. Optimists Die First follows Petula, a funny and crafting genius but no social star at high school, and it doesn't help that she's isolated herself after her adored toddler sister died. Petula feels responsible for this death, though her parents say it was a tragic accident. No one's fault. Now, Petula sees danger everywhere: every activity and every bite of food could kill you. Then a new boy, Jacob, joins Petula's group in the school's lame art therapy program; he has a prosthetic arm and darkness behind his sunny surface. Petula and Jacob become friends, then, something more. But a secret behind why he's in the group could derail them.