Three exceptional storytellers explore the joys and the cruelty of “true love” and the journeys we must take to find our place in the world. The Perfect Order of Things by David Gilmour, the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for A Perfect Night to Go to China , breaks new fictional ground as the narrator of his previous novels writes his own fictional autobiography in a dazzling cavalcade of stories that punctuate a life passionately lived and loved. Beauty Plus Pity the second novel by Kevin Chong, author of the music memoir Neil Young Nation , is a tragicomic modern immigrant’s tale about a young man who’s forced to reckon with the past as he works through his lifelong ambivalence toward his hyphenated cultural identity, and between two parents holding intolerable secrets. The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright, winner of the Booker Prize for her previous book, The Gathering , is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing, that reads with breathtaking immediacy. A woman recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that changed her life forever. Tickets: $15 ($10 reduced). Free for members. (thebookpile)
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