Linda Spalding

Linda Spalding

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Biography

Linda Spalding was born and raised in Kansas. She is the author of three previous novels and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, and the Pearson Writers’ Non-Fiction Prize, and Who Named the Knife. Her novel The Purchase received the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. Spalding lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of Brick magazine.

A Reckoning

In the spring of 1855, John Dickinson is involved in a shameful secret that will require a tragic decision. The family’s resources have been wasted by a reckless brother who holds all of them hostage and, adding fuel to John’s desperation, the enslaved workers have been visited by a Canadian abolitionist who pushes them to escape. Bry does, and his pursuit of freedom will involve a dangerous quest to find his mother and child in Canada.

Meanwhile, the Dickinsons become fugitives of another kind, escaping their losses in a wagon en route to the West that will eventually be loaded onto a Missouri river boat. Each person will be tested, especially 13-year-old Martin, whose lonely journey with a pet bear is almost mythic. A deeply moving and troubling account of a family’s breakdown, A Reckoning confirms Linda Spalding’s place at the forefront of Canadian literature.

Events & Tickets

Tues, Oct. 10 @ 12pm: Tasty Bites: Michael Redhill & Linda Spalding

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Wed, Oct. 11 @ 7pm: Wednesday Night Showcase: Timely & Tasty Canadian Fiction

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Thur, Oct. 12 @ 7pm: The Enthusiast’s Guide to the Governor General’s Literary Awards

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