André Alexis

André Alexis

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and Canada Reads 2017. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and SadnessIngrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play. He lives in Toronto.



From their very first meeting, it would seem that Gwen and Tancred were made for one another. Like all good romances, Ring will bring them together. There is, of course, a wrinkle.

Gwenhwyfar’s mother, Helen Odhiambo Lloyd, upon intuiting that her daughter is in love, gives her a ring. This ring has been passed down from endless generations of mothers to their daughters. And maybe the ring is magic. It grants the bearer the opportunity to change three things about her beloved. Like all blessings, this may also be a curse. Complete with a long narrative poem about Aphrodite, <em>Ring</em> turns the literary romance upside down and shakes out its pockets. It’s a playful meditation on the past, on magic, on honor, on faith, and yes, on love.

Following on the heels of <em>Pastoral</em>, <em>Fifteen Dogs</em>, <em>The Hidden Keys</em>, and <em>Days by Moonlight</em>, <em>Ring</em> completes Alexis’s Quincunx, a group of five genre-bending, philosophically sophisticated, and utterly delightful novels.

<em>Ring</em>, provoked by a reading of Harlequin romances, is a mash-up of romance novel conventions and a sunny meditation on the past, on language, on poetry, and yes, on love.
<h2><strong>GET THE BOOK</strong></h2>
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<h2><strong>BE CURIOUSER</strong></h2>
<li><strong>Andre Alexis’ “Ring” wraps his famed five-book quincunx with a dash of romance and a satisfying puzzle. </strong><a href=""><em>-The Toronto Star</em></a></li>
<li><strong>Proust Questionnaire: </strong><strong>André Alexis on what he values most, in art and friends.</strong> <a href=""><em>-The Next Chapter</em></a></li>
<li><strong>André Alexis Reads Italo Calvino </strong><a href=";utm_brand=tny&amp;utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_080622&amp;utm_campaign=aud-dev&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=tny_daily_digest&amp;bxid=5bea06e824c17c6adf128778&amp;cndid=27144568&amp;hasha=dc4660cc2927d12548c44afe146c1c57&amp;hashb=3298b87b8834b6dc22acd1b72d9fcc811f7cde30&amp;hashc=fd35f8fab6eac61c11ae8e781052e5ba03fddf3f6c60abe645253503c941c73d&amp;esrc=&amp;mbid=CRMNYR012019">-<i><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Yorker</span></i></a></li>


7 PM
Spirited Conversation with André Alexis & Suzette Mayr
Oct 04 @ 7 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
7 PM
SuperFan Showcase: André Alexis & Yann Martel
Oct 05 @ 7 PM MT - 8:15 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW