Coming in August

Opening Sky-v2C-iThe Opening Sky is the story of a family with one foot in the counterculture and the other in the good life. Liz is a restless, energetic woman who manages a beautiful house and a non-profit agency with panache. Aiden is a therapist trying to manage his own anxieties. Sylvie is a university student and an activist, more than happy to stick her fingers into the fault lines in her parents’ thinking.

A situation with Sylvie’s new boyfriend upsets the family’s uneasy equilibrium. Noah has complicated ties to the family’s past, and as the novel opens, Liz, Aiden and Sylvie are confronted with a crisis that asks all three of them to revise their fundamental notions of who they are in the world.

“The Opening Sky is a sharply observed, unflinching portrait of the middle class in the 21st century. A beautiful, harrowing book.”  – Don Gillmore, author of Mount Pleasant.

“In rich, meticulously-woven prose, Joan Thomas confronts the painful paradoxes at the heart of a family, and reports back on both the darkness and the light. . . . I loved this book. It thrilled me with its fierce portrayal of how we strive and fail and sometimes even manage to love.” - Alissa York, author of Fauna.

Published by McClelland and Stewart, available for preorder now.

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Writers Edge Workshop

May 31, 2014. 9-noon. I’m happy to be part of the Writers Edge Workshops this spring, in support of the Carol Shields Writer in Residence Program at the University of Winnipeg. The workshops run Saturday mornings through May (except for the long weekend). You can register for a single workshop for $85– or take advantage of the entire series for $325 ($300 if you register before April 25).

May 3 – The Children’s Novel and Picture Book with Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon

May 10 – Language and Form in the Fiction of Alice Munro with Neil Besner

May 24 – Setting, Style and Structure with David Williamson

May 31 – Voice and Intimacy in 3rd Person Narration with Joan Thomas.

Click here for Writers Edge II Brochure 2 May 2014.  Contact or 204 786-9419 to register.


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