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Jewel of the Thames
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Do you have a young reader at home who craves an Arthur Conan Doyle style mystery story? Heck! Do you like young adult fiction with a strong female protagonist yourself?
Well, you need to read Jewel of the Thames by Angela Misri, which presents Portia Adams, a quick-witted young woman who inherits the legendary dectective Sherlock Holmes' dectective agency, and soon finds herself dreaming of solving crimes.
Previous Journey Prize Anthology contributors and award winning writers Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Miranda Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Pasha Malla, Lisa Moore and Alissa York will share stories on the theme of “beginnings”, emceed by Yann Martel.
Tickets are $18 or free to students and youth 25 and under.
The finalists of this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Krista Bridge, Lynn Coady, Cary Fagan, Colin McAdam and Lisa Moore, will read from their nominated books, hosted by Alison Pick.
Tickets are $18
Party for the launch of Night Town!
About the book:
First Spring Fire
In his remarkable 2009 text, Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz fixates on the ways in which queer bodies exist outside of and subvert what he calls “straight time.” Straight time, for Muñoz, is what tells queers that “there is no future but the here and now of our everyday life.” It grounds the fragmentation, suppression, and elision of queer histories, and denies futurity to those not counted under the rubric of a “reproductive majoritarian heterosexuality.”
Alif the Unseen
Say the word Islam and what words come to mind? Extremism, violence, complexity, anger? Not surprising, particularly in the wake of the violence that erupted following the publicity around that god-awful trailer, “Innocence of Muslims.” And of course, it’s a bad rap that is far removed from the religion’s actual teachings.
But would you think of words like “fantastical,” “surreal,” “mysterious” and “magical”? Probably not.
Unless, that is, you’ve wandered off the beaten track to discover G. Willow Wilson’s delightful first novel Alif the Unseen.