Tuesday January 22, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Free
Meeting Room, Level 3
Join authors Linda Svendsen and Rhea Tregebov as they read from their recent work.
Linda Svendsen reads from her satirical novel Sussex Drive. A rollicking, cheeky, alternative history of big-ticket political items in Canada told from the perspective of Becky Leggatt (the sublimely capable and manipulative wife of a hard-right Conservative prime minister) and just a wink away at Rideau Hall, Lise Lavoie (the wildly exotic and unlikely immigrant Governor General) two wives and mothers living their private lives in public. From Linda Svendsens sharp and wicked imagination comes a distaff Ottawa like no other ever created by a Canadian writer, of women manoeuvring in a political world gone more than a little mad, hosting world leaders, dealing with the challenges of minority government and worry about teen pregnancies and their own marriages.
Rhea Tregebov reads selections from her new poetry collection All Souls. Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, All Souls commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous books. Inspired by crises both personal and societal, All Souls bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. These new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.
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