[gdlr_space height="20px"] This showcase is custom-made for early adopters of literary talent! An inspirational roster of rising North American stars read from their innovative, engrossing new novels and share the challenges they've encountered, on and off the page, breaking through in a crowded industry. Hosted by Anne Logan. [gdlr_divider type="solid" size="100%" ]
Harmless Like You by Rowan Buchanan
Harmless Like You is a suspenseful novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds. It asks, and ultimately answers the question, "how does a mother desert her son?" Yuki Oyama is a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, while her son is forced to confront the mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old. The novel opens when Yuki is sixteen and her father is posted back to Japan. Though she and her family have been living as outsiders in New York City, Yuki opts to stay behind. But when she becomes involved with an older man and the relationship turns destructive, Yuki’s life is unmoored.
In-Between Days by Teva Harrison
Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir full of comic illustrations and short personal essays, she documents what it means to live with the disease. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. Ultimately redemptive and uplifting, In-Between Days reminds each one of us how beautiful life is, and how it is such a gift.
Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
When a young man’s best friend and sister go missing, he finds a mystery waiting for him in their apartment: a wooden box big enough for a person to crawl inside, a lab rat and a note that says “This is the only way back for us.” Soon the young man embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination. Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and a story about facing the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Mischling is about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II. It is 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. But the girls soon find themselves part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo where they experience privileges and horrors unknown to others. That winter, Pearl disappears; and when the camp is liberated by the Red Army, Pearl and her companion Feliks travel through Poland's devastation clinging to the possibility of finding her alive.
Waste by Andrew F. Sullivan
Set in 1989, in a city on the brink of violence and utter economic collapse, unlikely passengers Jamie Garrison and Moses Moon hit a lion at 50 miles an hour. Both men stumble away from the freak accident unharmed, but neither reports the bizarre incident. But somewhere out there in the dark, a man is still looking for his lion. His name is Astor Crane, and he has never really understood forgiveness. [gdlr_button href="https://www.artscommons.ca/WhatsOn/ShowDetails.aspx?show_id=17FDD4AB-2673-4CE5-B52E-C7E96107C8EF" target="_self" size="medium" background="#358CCB" color="#ffffff" border_color="#999999"]Buy Tickets[/gdlr_button]