- This event has passed.
Terry Fallis in Conversation with Wendy O’Brien
November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7pm
The Reading Room at Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, Hamilton
Free, everyone welcome
Terry Fallis visits the bookstore to sit down for a chat with Wendy O’Brien about his latest novel, One Brother Shy.
This event is presented in partnership with McMaster University Library and Penguin Random House of Canada.
From the two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and author of The Best Laid Plans, comes a new story about a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is.
One Brother Shy: Few people know the real Alex MacAskill. Most of the world sees a painfully and chronically shy software engineer in his mid-20s, soft-spoken, a bit of a loner, and someone easy to escape notice wherever possible–and that’s just the way Alex wants it. Because no matter how many years have passed, the incident known only as “Gabriel” in the MacAskill family is something that still haunts him.
But when his mother, one of the only people in the world who Alex felt comfortable as himself around, dies after a long illness, he suddenly has no choice but to face the very thing that he’s been avoiding since that night in high school. In an instant, Alex finds himself trying to piece together the mystery of his identity, and on a search for parts of his family he never knew existed–a search that takes him from Ottawa to London to Moscow, encountering along the way echoes of the Cold War, painful memories from his past, and even the 1972 Russian hockey team–a search that ultimately helps Alex discover himself.
With his trademark wit and captivating storytelling, Terry Fallis has written a novel unlike any of his others. One Brother Shy is at once poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and readers will not soon forget Alex MacAskill.
Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of four national bestsellers, all published by McClelland & Stewart. His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads. In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans. The High Road was published in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry’s third novel, Up and Down, was released in September 2012. It debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. In June 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year. Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation, hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Wendy O’Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and avid reader. She is the host of By The Lake Book Club, sponsored by The Humber School for Writers and The City of Toronto, Bryan Prince Bookseller’s Interview Series and Bourbon & Books. She teaches at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she is currently working on a study of the concept of wonder.
Can’t make the event in person? Call or email us to pre-order a copy of One Brother Shy and we’ll get it signed for you.