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Gillian Chan book launch
October 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:30pm
The Reading Room at Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, Hamilton
Free, everyone welcome.
Light refreshments will be served
We are delighted to team up with Annick Press to host a book launch to celebrate the release of a new young adult novel by Dundas writer, Gillian Chan.
The Disappearance: A fast-paced, gritty mystery with a supernatural twist.
Jacob Mueller and Mike McCallum couldn’t be more different. After mystifying doctors, who finally decide that he is an elective mute, Jacob ends up in a juvenile group home, isolated, withdrawn, and bullied. Mike, also in the group home, is scarred physically and emotionally after the murder of his younger brother. He uses his horrific appearance, imposing size, sharp intelligence, and a calculated brutality to keep everyone at bay—until he encounters Jacob. Mike is fascinated by Jacob, particularly the way in which he seems able to shut out the world around him. This fascination becomes tinged with a mixture of awe and horror when Jacob starts to talk, and appears to have knowledge of Mike’s past, particularly of his dead brother. Mike takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle that is Jacob Mueller, and when he comes to the impossible conclusion that Jacob is from another time, he makes it his mission to return him home.
Gillian Chan trained and worked as a high school teacher and librarian and draws upon this experience when writing. From a very early age, she was fascinated by mythology and history and these subjects often find their way into her work. In addition to reading, she is passionate about history and travel. She prefers to go to cities, places of historical interest, and unusual places where she can immerse herself. For the last couple of years, she and her family have gone to Italy and rented an apartment in Florence, where they live for two or three months at a time.
Gillian also loves to do research, which often gives her ideas for stories. The Disappearance was inspired by two things: a tiny, one-paragraph article in a Dundas newspaper from Christmas 1928, and a photograph she saw of a boy with a badly scarred face.
Can’t make the launch of The Disappearance in person? Call or email us to pre-order a copy and we’ll get it signed for you.