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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Tonight! Michael Springate launches The Beautiful West & the Beloved of God with guest reader Marianne Ackerman

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the launch of Michael Springate's The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God (Guernica Editions). Michael will read from the book, which will be for sale. There will be a guest reading by Montreal writer Marianne Ackerman, who recently launched her book Holy Fools + 2 Stories (Guernica Editions) at the bookstore.

About The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God:

Elena and Mahfouz meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn’t return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come to terms with their historical situation, preparing for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.

Quotes of support:

"The best and bravest book I’ve read in years. The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God is on par with the moral voices of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn."
– Charles Orloski, Writer and Cultural Critic

"This is an exceptional novel, set in Montreal and Egypt, that brings out the frightening turns in the tribal wars being played out all over the world. The author’s historical awareness amply supports a deeply personal and local story, giving it a global resonance."
– Rana Bose, Author of The Fourth Canvas and Recovering Rude

"I love the patient rhythm which creates in meticulous dialogue a mosaic of three Montreal families, their roots elsewhere. With reverberations in history, politics and philosophy, this is a humane, civil, and eminently Canadian world, yet the intensity and inevitability of the ending are overwhelming."
– Leanore Lieblein, Editor and Translator, Professor of English and Theatre Studies (retired), McGill University

Born in Montreal and currently a resident of Vancouver, Michael Springate's previous publications include Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow (published by Guernica), The Consolation of Philosophy, The Geese Sonnets, Freeport, Texas, and Küt: Shock and Awe. He is Artist Associate with Vancouver’s Full Circle: First Nations Performance and a founder of Commercial Drive Productions.


About Marianne Ackerman's Holy Fools + 2 Stories:

"The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I just wanted to write about the dear human spirit, swimming against a crazy world."

– Marianne Ackerman


Marianne Ackerman writes with precision, power, and purpose. As she weaves her wonderful stories, her perfect words and sentences leave a mark on the reader. This is exquisite storytelling.
– Terry Fallis, novelist, winner of CBC Canada Reads

Holy Fools is wild. From the opening few lines, it’s fresh and original, full of twists and turns I never saw coming.
– John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums

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