Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario, in 1946. She attended McGill University. Lawson's best known work, Crow Lake was Shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award (Bowker Author Biography)
Meet and dine with Mary Lawson, author of Road Ends at grano on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $100 per person (includes full meal with wine, a signed copy of the book, and all taxes). Please call us at (416) 361-0032 to purchase tickets, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The snowed-in town of Struan in the northern Ontario landscape of Road Ends is again the brilliant backdrop to Mary Lawson's new novel. And while it fully stands on its own, there are glimpses and references relating it to her 2 much loved earlier novels--beloved characters from Crow Lake reappear (including Luke and outspoken little Bo, who stole so many hearts: Bo now in her late teens, as captivating and forthright as ever). The individual small town characters are still with us, old, buried tales resurfacing, but here a new generation is growing up, dealing with chaos, loss and love and finding their way in the world--this time in the late '60s.
A new family is at the centre of Mary's third novel--the Cartwrights--with its 5 children (from newborn infant to the rambunctious twins and their dependable older sister Meg, and Tom) and their father--a man absent in spirit if not in fact,--and mother, who dotes on giving birth to babies but is herself oddly and worryingly fading away. The gripping story is triggered by the suicide of young Tom Cartwright's best friend, Rob, after Rob has accidentally killed a child while drunk driving. Tom is devastated, and the tragedy will brings to the surface independent desires and needs, and leave the family deeply changed as it finds its way towards understanding and new beginnings.
Water Street Bookstore hosts a book group discussion held at the Loaf and Ladle one Sunday of each Month at 3 p.m. This month's selection is The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson. Please join Liz Whaley for a great discussion on Sunday. For more information call us at 603 778 9731. (booksense)
Free. "Linda Kelsey has been editor of both Cosmopolitan and SHE magazines and has twice won the coveted title of ‘Editor of the Year’. Mary Lawson (who lives in Kingston) was an ‘overnight sensation’ when her first novel Crow Lake was finally published 20 years after her first attempt. Both were in their early 50s when they had their first novels published. Come along and hear their stories. Chaired by Alison Baverstock." (christiguc)… (more)
Event location: Hillcroft College: South Bank, Surbiton, KT6 6DF3