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Leah, Queen’s Square | November 1, 2019

I remember reading Slammerkin, Donoghue’s third book, before most Canadians knew who she was. I still recall the strength of the writing, somehow poetic but still to the point. Then ten years later, Room exploded onto the literary scene, becoming a bestselling book and an Oscar-winning movie. Then everyone knew who she was, but I still felt slightly smug about having read her back in the day!

Emma Donoghue is one of those rare chameleon writers. She’s equally adept at telling contemporary or historical tales; she writes in male and female voices; some of her novels are thrilling and some are more leisurely character studies. Initially from Ireland, she’s lived in Canada for the last twenty-odd years, so I believe we can absolutely claim her as a Canadian national treasure by now!

That’s why I’m so excited to have her coming to our Old Post Office branch on Friday November 22 at 6:30pm for “An Evening with Emma Donoghue”. She’ll read from Akin, her dazzling new novel of love, loss and family, (with a Q & A and book signing to follow). Be sure to book your tickets with us for this hot event!

Book cover of Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue  Book cover of Room by Emma DonoghueBook cover of Akin by Emma Donoghue