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LBB Presents ONLINE: Shani Mootoo and Ian Williams with Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Monday, October 12, 7pm CDT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books presents award-winning Canadian authors
Shani Mootoo and Ian Williams,
in conversation with fellow award-winning novelist
Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
on Facebook Live at 7pm CDT on October 12.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order copies of
Polar Vortexby Shani Mootoo,
Reproductionby Ian Williams, and
Lava Falls, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About Polar Vortex, by Shani Mootoo

Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about Priya and Alex, a lesbian couple who left the big city to relocate to a bucolic countryside community. It seemed like a good way to leave their past behind and cement their newish, later-in-life relationship. But there's leaving the past behind--and then there's running away from awkward histories.

About Reproduction, by Ian Williams

Reproduction tells a crooked love story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, longstanding friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. 

About Lava Falls, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Scrabbling for ways to believe in themselves and the world, the spirited, heart-driven people who populate these stories find surprising pockets of hope. Refusing to buckle under the pressures of family and political traumas, the sojourners in this collection are unified by themes of creative expression and of love—how we define it, how we are impelled by it, and how we are lifted by it.

About the Authors

Shani Mootoo is a novelist, poet, and visual artist. Her novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award; Valmiki's Daughter, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the Dublin Impac Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, short-listed for several prizes including the Giller Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She is also a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize.

Poet, short story writer, and novelist Ian Williams was named one of "ten Canadian writers to watch out for" by CBC in 2018. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. He won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his short stories. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Reproduction, his debut novel, was a finalist for the Amazon first novel prize, was a CBC Spring & Black History Month pick, and dubbed one of the "Buzziest Books of 2019" by Chatelaine Magazine.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels A Thin Bright Line and The Big Bang Symphony and the adventure essay collection The Ice Cave. She has traveled the length of the Grand Canyon, skied through Yellowstone National Park, kayaked and hiked in Alaska, and voyaged several times to Antarctica. She lives in Berkeley, California.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast right here on this event page.

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 7:00pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page
Polar Vortex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617758621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - September 15th, 2020

Reproduction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609455750
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - April 21st, 2020

Lava Falls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299318543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 15th, 2020