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Wordfest presents Mary Walsh

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John Dutton Theatre

Calgary Public Library, 2nd Floor

616 Macleod Trail

Calgary, Alberta T2G 2M2

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Canadian actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in 1960s Newfoundland. This event includes an on-stage interview followed by a signing of her new book, Crying for the Moon. Hosted by comedian Cory Mack.

About Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh

Raised on tough love in St. John’s, Maureen is the second youngest of a bitter and angry mother and a beaten-down father who tells the best stories (but only when he’s drunk). If life at home is difficult, school is a torture, with the nuns watching every move Maureen makes. Although she feels trapped in St. John’s, Maureen dreams of what her life could be like in Montreal. And she’s determined to get there, even if it means faking her way into the school choir.

On a trip to Expo ’67, Maureen and her best friend manage to escape the vigilant eye of Sister Imobilis. Basking in the glow of the brash and fiery metropolis, Maureen creates a new life for herself over the course of one night in Montreal. In the morning, however, this new life will follow her as she is sent careening back home to Newfoundland.

A riotous and heart-rending journey from St. John’s to Montreal and back, Mary Walsh’s debut novel explores the many ways in which one day can reverberate through a lifetime.

About Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. She is a versatile actor and has appeared in both dramatic and comedy series, including the Gemini Award-winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in. Recently, Walsh has starred in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and in 2017 the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching will be reunited for a CBC feature called “Christmas Fury,” which Walsh wrote, is producing and will star in. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

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