Help celebrate the launch of this book and be reminded of the power of fiction!
A reading and discussion with Michael Springate, around his new novel The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God just released by Guernica Editions as part of their Essential Prose series.
About the novel
“The best and bravest book I’ve read in years … on par with the moral voices of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn.” – Charles Orloski, Writer and Cultural Critic
“An exceptional novel … a deeply personal and local story with global resonance.”
- Rana Bose, Author of The Fourth Canvas and Recovering Rude
” … The intensity and inevitability of the ending are overwhelming.”
– Leanore Lieblein, Editor and Translator
Elena and Mahfouz meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer,however, Mahfouz doesn’t return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held
indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come to terms with their historical situation, preparing for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.
About the Author
After extensive work in contemporary performance, Michael Springate’s interests have crystallized into The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God, a first novel that maps currents of world history as they coursed through Montreal in the first decade of the 21st century. Born in Montreal and currently a resident of Vancouver, his produced writing for theatre includes Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow, The Consolation of Philosophy, The Geese Sonnets, Freeport Texas, and Kut: Shock and Awe.
He is currently a dramaturg and Artistic Associate with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, and a founding member of the film group Commercial Drive Productions.
Free event. All Welcome.
Novels sold and signed at the event, $25.
For more info check out www.thebeautifulwest.ca
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