Award-win­ning au­thor to speak at Vogler’s Cove

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Donna Mor­ris­sey, one of Canada’s best-loved writ­ers, is com­ing to the read and share cor­ner at Vogler’s Cove. The mul­ti­ple-award win­ner will read from The For­tu­nate Brother at Vogler’s Cove Com­mu­nity Hall on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 8. at 7 p.m.

The For­tu­nate Brother (2017) is the fi­nal vol­ume in the tril­ogy of the fic­tional Now fam­ily, pre­ceded by Syl­vanus Now and What They Wanted. Both the first and third books have won the pres­ti­gious Thomas Head Rad­dall At­lantic Fic­tion Award; the sec­ond was short­listed for the same hon­our. This lat­est book also won the 2017 Arthur El­lis Best Novel Award for ex­cel­lence in Cana­dian crime writ­ing. Mor­ris­sey will read from the new book and dis­cuss the tril­ogy as a whole.

Mor­ris­sey has writ­ten six award-win­ning nov­els (in­clud­ing in the United States and United Kingdom) and two screen­plays, for which she has been nom­i­nated for a Gemini screen­writ­ing award. Her de­but novel, Kit’s Law, won three lit­er­ary prizes and was short­listed for three more. Her sec­ond, the smash-hit Down­hill Chance won the Thomas Head Rad­dall At­lantic Fic­tion Award in 2002. Her books have been trans­lated into four dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Raised in a New­found­land out­port which con­tin­ues to in­spire her work, she now lives in Hal­i­fax.

“Donna Mor­ris­sey is a won­der­fully gifted writer. The set­ting of her books is New­found­land, but their ap­peal is univer­sal. She unashamedly cares for her char­ac­ters and sees them as real peo­ple, with real lives worth car­ing and read­ing about. To read one of her books is to wind up laugh­ing or cry­ing or some­how do­ing both at once,” says Wayne John­ston, au­thor of The Colony of Un­re­quited Dreams.

Vogler’s Cove Com­mu­nity Hall is lo­cated at 8544 High­way 331, Vogler’s Cove (Exit 16 or 17 off the 103). The event is free. Re­fresh­ments and copies of the book will be avail­able. De­tails posted on Face­book at Voglers Cove Com­mu­nity Hall & Mag­gies Play­ground.

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