Donna Morrissey, one of Canada’s best-loved writers, is coming to read and share corner. The multiple-award winner will read from The Fortunate Brother at Vogler’s Cove Community Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 8. at 7pm.
The Fortunate Brother (2017) is the final volume in the trilogy of the fictional Now family, preceded by Sylvanus Now and What They Wanted. Both the first and third books have won the prestigious Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; the second was shortlisted for the same honour. This latest book also won the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award for excellence in Canadian crime writing. Morrissey will read from the new book and discuss the trilogy as a whole.
Morrissey has written six award-winning novels (including in the United States and United Kingdom) and two screenplays, for which she has been nominated for a Gemini screenwriting award. Her debut novel, Kit’s Law, won three literary prizes and was shortlisted for three more. Her second, the smash-hit Downhill Chance won the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award in 2002. Her books have been translated into four different languages. Raised in a Newfoundland outport which continues to inspire her work, she now lives in Halifax.
“Donna Morrissey is a wonderfully gifted writer. The setting of her books is Newfoundland, but their appeal is universal. She unashamedly cares for her characters and sees them as real people, with real lives worth caring and reading about. To read one of her books is to wind up laughing or crying or somehow doing both at once,” says Wayne Johnston, author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Vogler’s Cove Community Hall is located at 8544 Highway 331, Vogler’s Cove (Exit 16 or 17 off the 103). The event is free. Refreshments and copies of the book will be available. Details posted on Facebook.