Join Marlis Wesseler (The Last Chance Ladies Book Club) and Anne McDonald (Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles) at McNally Robinson! This is a free, public event.
What do we do when ‘the monster in our midst’ moves next door? It’s a question Eleanor Sawchuck and her book club friends must ask themselves after a man with an abusive past moves into their seniors’ complex. Written with Wesseler’s usual wry wisdom and wit, The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club tells a compelling story that provides surprising insights into the vulnerability, frustrations, griefs and joys of old age. The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club was recently short-listed for three Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Marlis Wesseler lives in Regina where, besides writing fiction, she has worked in education and publishing. She has written four award-nominated books: Life Skills, Imitating Art, Elvis Unplugged, and South of the Border. An earlier version of The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club won a John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award.
Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles chronicles a young unmarried woman’s experiences in the social whirlwind of Confederation. Amidst the grand and heady spectacle of the balls and banquets of the Confederation conferences, Mercy Coles was seeking adventure and love. She wasn’t concerned with writing for posterity, or with propriety. Miss Confederation shows history being made, without the veneer and polish time creates.
Anne McDonald is an award winning author whose work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, at the Spring Festival of New Plays, and on CBC Radio. Her novel To the Edge of the Sea also explores the times leading up to Canada’s Confederation. Anne teaches improvisation, theatre, and creative writing. She lives in Regina. Visit her online.