Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7pm (Ancaster Branch)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2pm (Central Branch)
Hamilton Reads 2017 author readings at HPL
Free, but registration required. Apply here.
The Best Kind of People: Zoe Whittall’s novel tells the story of George Woodbury, a well respected prep-school teacher who is the school hero for having tackled a school shooter a decade earlier. He lives with his wife Joan — the head trauma nurse at the local hospital — and his 17-year old daughter, Sadie, in a part of town called Woodbury Lake, named after his parents. His son, Andrew, a lawyer, lives in New York with his boyfriend. Early in the novel, George is arrested. He is charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and attempted rape. The Woodburys’ lives are in turmoil and the novel profoundly explores how each character faces the deeply disturbing accusations.
Zoe Whittall is the award-winning author of The Best Kind of People (2016), which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009) won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion, and more.
She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi, Schitt’s Creek, and the Baroness Von Sketch Show. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.
Visit us at the book table to purchase a copy of The Best Kind of People. Can’t make the event in person? Call or email us to pre-order a copy and we’ll get it signed for you.