KATE MORTON a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.
A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860s until the present day.
My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.
Books and Brunch with Sarah Winman and Eden Robinson
Sunday October 21 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist EDEN ROBINSON is the author of a collection of short stories written when she was a Goth called Traplines, which won the Winifred Holtby Prize in the UK. Her two previous novels, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports, were written before she discovered she was gluten-intolerant and tend to be quite grim, the latter being especially gruesome because half-way through writing the manuscript, Robinson gave up a two-pack a day cigarette habit and the more she suffered, the more her characters suffered. Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Son of a Trickster, the first instalment of her Trickster trilogy, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2017, she won the Writers' Trust of Canada Fellowship. She lives in Kitimat, BC.
SARAH WINMAN is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.
ABOUT TIN MAN
“This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once.”–Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time
From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.
This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that.
Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?
With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
Dessert and Coffee with Patrick DeWitt
Tuesday October 23 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
PATRICK deWITTwas born on Vancouver Island in 1975, and now lives in Portland Oregon. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Undermajordomo Minor, Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal. The Sisters Brothers was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The film rights for TheSister Brothers were purchased by John C Reilly. This highly anticipated film was directed by Jacques Audiard, and will release to theatres this fall. The movie stars John C Reilly, Jake Gyllenhall, Joaquin Phoenix, Carol Kane, Rutger Huar, and Riz Ahmed.
Patrick’s new novel, French Exit is a sublimely crafted poetic work of fiction, filled with flawed and damaged characters that quickly endear themselves to the reader. Forced from their swank apartment on the Upper East Side, Frances Price her son Malcolm and her ageing cat Small Frank set sail on an ocean voyage and land in their beloved City of Lights, Paris. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute.
Books and Brunch with Dr Dave Williams and Dr Brian Goldman
Sunday October 28 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
DR DAVE WILLIAMS is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Williams lives in Oakville with his wife, Cathy, two kids, Evan and Olivia, and nephew, Theo. Connect with him on Twitter @AstroDaveMD.
For more than thirty years, DR BRIAN GOLDMAN has been an active participant and keen observer of the culture of modern medicine. Since 2007, he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, a multi-award-winning show on CBC Radio that reveals what goes on behind a hospital’s sliding doors. Goldman is the author of the bestselling The Night Shift and The Secret Language of Doctors. He lives in Toronto with his family.
November Noir with Iain Reid, Nathan Ripley and Craig Davidson
Sunday November 04 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
IAIN REID is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. A recipient of the prestigious RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award, Reid has written for a variety of publications throughout North America, including The New Yorker. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film of Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, for Netflix. Reid will coproduce. This is his second novel.
NATHAN RIPLEY is the pen name of literary fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum. His stories and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among other places. He lives in Toronto. Visit him at NabenRuthnum.com or follow him on Twitter @NabenRuthnum.
CRAIG DAVIDSON was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He has published three previous books of literary fiction: Rust and Bone, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name, The Fighter, and Sarah Court. Davidson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his articles and journalism have been published in the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus, and The Washington Post, among other places. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and their child.
Craig's new book, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is described as,
An infectious and heartbreaking novel from "one of this country's great kinetic writers" (Globe and Mail)--Craig Davidson's first new literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract City
Book and Brunch with Debbie Travis
Sunday November 25 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
DEBBIE TRAVIS is an international television icon, a bestselling author, a newspaper columnist, a sought-after public speaker and the centre of a small business empire. Her shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, Debbie Travis' Facelift, From The Ground Up and All For One--and most recently the six-part documentary, La Dolce Debbie, about how she transformed a 13th-century Tuscan farmhouse into a hotel and retreat--have been seen in Canada, the United States and 80 other countries. She has authored nine previous books (eight on decorating); Oprah has called her "the master of paint and plaster." Having stepped back from TV producing, she gets to relax, just a little, running a luxury boutique hotel where like-minded women can experience the Tuscan lifestyle at her Girls' Getaways and a 100-acre farm where she produces an organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a variety of lavender products. Debbie shares her journey with her husband, Hans, and two sons, Josh and Max.
Blue Heron Books
62 Brock Street West PO Box 642 Uxbridge ON L9P 1M9 Canada