Heidi Sopinka

Heidi Sopinka

Heidi Sopinka has worked as a bush cook, a travel writer in Southeast Asia, a helicopter pilot, an environment columnist at The Globe and Mail, and is co-founder and co-designer of Horses Atelier. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, Brick, Lit Hub, and Lenny Letter and been anthologized in Art Essays. The Dictionary of Animal Languages, her début novel, was chosen by AnOther magazine as “one of the six novels set to conquer 2018,” the book of the month by the Tate in London, a semi-finalist for The Morning News Tournament of Books Best Novels from 2018 and was long-listed for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Sopinka lives in Toronto.

Website: heidisopinka.com
Instagram: @heidisopinka

FESTIVAL BOOK

Utopia

<strong>Out of the explosive 1970s L.A. art scene comes a riveting novel about creativity, death, and reinvention that follows two artists – one dies mysteriously, and the other takes her place.</strong>

Paz, an ambitious young artist, is drawn to Romy, one of the only women to break into the male-dominated art scene of 1970s California. She is also drawn to Romy’s husband, Billy, an enigmatic art star. When Romy dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances, Billy is left unmoored, caring for their newborn.

Leaving New York and grad school behind, Paz takes on the mantle of Romy’s life and steps into a ghostly love triangle. When Paz attempts to claim her creative life, strange things start to happen – photographs move, an unexplained postcard arrives, and an unsettling journal entry begins to blur the line between art and life.

As Paz becomes increasingly obsessed with the woman she has replaced and the absent man she has married, a disturbing picture begins to emerge, driving her deep into the desert to uncover the truth.

Astonishing and profound, Utopia affirms Heidi Sopinka as one of the most exhilarating voices in Canadian literature. A propulsive mix of desire, friendship, and betrayal, Utopia illuminates a crucible moment for art and feminism, which still reverberates today. This is both a visionary love story and a feminist manifesto that will leave you altered.

<strong>GET THE BOOK</strong>

<a href="https://shop.owlsnestbooks.com/item/rC8Hn_GwKfQSAuXvDmDIxw">Owl’s Nest Books</a> (Calgary) | <a href="https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S95C1476886">Calgary Public Library</a>

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6:30 PM
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Sep 30 @ 6:30 PM MT - 9 PM MT

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111 12 Ave SE
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The Art of Being Good Moms on Paper
Oct 01 @ 10 AM MT - 11:15 AM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE

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