Join Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library for an intimate evening with Governor General's Award-winning author Steven Heighton, an adventurous writer and poet who has mastered the art of bringing big ideas and beautiful language to the page. At his exclusive Calgary appearance, he presents his new novel, The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep, a passionate thriller about buried secrets, the repercussions of war and finding love among the ruins of Afghanistan. This limited-seating event is a rare opportunity to engage with one of Canada's finest writers, up-close and personal, while taking in Wordfest and the Library's new space at Memorial Park. A copy of the book is included with each ticket ($25 value).
About Steven Heighton
*Steven Heighton* is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and is currently in pre-production for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages, and his poems and stories have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Europe, Agni, Poetry London, Brick, Best English Stories, and many others. Heighton's most recent book of poetry, The Waking Comes Late, won the 2016 Governor General's Award for Poetry; his works have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.
About The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton
Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military—but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it’s too late and a tragedy has occurred.
In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylül, a beautiful Turkish journalist. But the lovers’ reprieve ends in a moment of shocking brutality that drives Elias into Varosha, once a popular Greek-Cypriot resort town, abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
Hidden in the lush, overgrown ruins is a community of exiles and refugees living resourcefully but comfortably. Thanks to the cheerfully corrupt Colonel Kaya, who turns a blind eye, they live under the radar of the Turkish authorities.
As he begins to heal, Elias finds himself drawn to the enigmatic and secretive Kaiti while he learns at last to “simply belong.” But just when it seems he has found sanctuary, events he himself set in motion have already begun to endanger it.