$15

Wordfest presents Patrick Lane

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

Canada

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description

Description

Patrick Lane presents his latest novel, Deep River Night, a riveting story about the burden of bearing witness to a terrible crime. Hosted by Rosemary Griebel, this event includes an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

About Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane's first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was a national bestseller, a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize and named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, and his distinguished career spans fifty years and more than twenty-five volumes of poetry. His memoir, There Is a Season, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and was also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize, the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Non-fiction. He has been a writer in residence and teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Toronto in Ontario. Patrick Lane lives near Victoria, B.C., with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.

About Deep River Night

World War Two vet Art Kenning is the alcoholic first-aid man in an isolated sawmill village in the interior of B.C., where he dreads the sound of the five whistles that summon him to the mill floor whenever a worker is hurt. Traumatized by an incident in Holland, when he stood by while members of his unit committed a horrific act, he loses himself in drink, and in memories of the love affair he had with a woman in wartime Paris. But the sad comfort of his self-imposed detachment is shattered when one of the most powerful men at the mill arrives at his door late one evening to ask for his help. What unfolds over the course of that night and following day will force Art to confront acts of evil, both in the present and the past, as well as the tragic consequences of his own inaction.

Alternating with Art's story are the stories of Joel, a teenaged runaway who owes his life to Art, Wang Po, the mill's cook and a survivor of the Rape of Nanjing, Alice, a young Indigenous girl sold from a residential school, and, Cliff, a Metis man with a hidden past. These lives, and more, intertwine to reveal a complex, morally ambiguous community where the undercurrents of violence and complicity are never far from the surface.

Writing with exquisite precision and emotional force, Patrick Lane gives us a novel whose darkness is fractured by moments of light.

About Host Rosemary Griebel

Rosemary Griebel’s award-winning poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, on CBC Radio, literary magazines, anthologies, and on public buses. Her collection of poetry, Yes., was published in 2011. When not writing, Rosemary works as the Design Lead for Reader’s Services, at Calgary Public Library. In this role, she works with authors and publishers to foster a love of reading.

Penguin Random House Logo

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

Canada

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved