Vancouver novelist Aislinn Hunter will read in Sechelt next Friday, March 21 and has promised we will be the first audience to hear a preview of her unpublished novel, The World Before Us.
Hunter first appeared in Sechelt at the Festival of the Written Arts in 2003, reading from her first novel Stay, where she recreates the Irish countryside so convincingly that reviewers have said, "you can almost smell the peat."
Hunter has since pursued other interests, publishing a volume of poetry, The Possible Past, described as a "meditation on time and the meaning of history," and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay and other awards, and A Peepshow with Views of the Interior, a volume of postmodern essays she describes as "lyric essays on thing theory and resonance."
And major things have recently been happening in Hunter's career: she is completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, an Irish film version of Stay premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and The World Before Us has been the subject of a "six figure" deal for the U.S. publishing rights.
Hunter said she is excited to come back and tell us about these developments, so come to the reading at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre at 8 p.m.
Admission is by donation, courtesy the Canada Council.
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