Saturday, October 30, 2010

Author reading: Claire Holden Rothman

Historical novelist and short story writer Claire Holden Rothman will be reading next Tuesday at my library (and at two others, on Tuesday and Wednesday), and I thought some of you might want to come. It's free (of course) and promises to be a great event.

I am particularly excited to be hosting Claire, as she was one of my English professors when I was in Liberal Arts at Marianopolis College. It has been a great pleasure of my life to have stayed in touch with her over the years, and to have the opportunity to work with her again, organising her visit Ottawa for a series of readings.

Claire's novel, which was long-listed for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize, was named one of six novels that mattered in 2009 by Quill & Quire magazine, and is an OLA Evergreen 2010 pick, is The Heart Specialist. Inspired by the life of Dr. Maude Abbott, The Heart Specialist is the story of a woman pursuing her dream. Set in a time of great social change in the early years of the twentieth century, The Heart Specialist is the story of one woman’s triumph in the face of adversity.

Claire Holden Rothman is a writer and translator. Her work on Le chercheur de trésors won her the 1994 John Glassco Translation Award. She has a BA in philosophy from McGill, a MA in English Literature from Concordia University, and has taught English at Marianopolis College and creative writing at McGill University.

Claire will be reading in Ottawa as follows:
  • On Tuesday, November 2nd at 2 pm at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (register here)
  • On Tuesday, November 2nd at 7 pm at the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (register here)
  • On Wednesday, November 3rd at 11:30 am at the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (register here)

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