Please join Ben McNally Books and HarperCollins Canada in celebrating Claudia Dey’s new book, Heartbreaker.
Claudia will be joined in conversation with novelist Zoe Whittall.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
doors @ 6pm
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street
Seventeen years after falling from a stolen car into a remote northern town, Billie Jean Fontaine is still an outsider. She may follow the stifling rules of this odd place, but no one will forget that she came from elsewhere. When Billie Jean vanishes one cold October night in her bare feet and track suit with only her truck keys, those closest to her begin a frantic search. Her daughter, Pony, a girl struggling against being a teen in the middle of nowhere; her killer dog to whom she cannot tell a lie; her husband, The Heavy, a man haunted by his past; and the charismatic Supernatural, a teenage boy longing only to be average. Each holding a different piece of the puzzle, they must come together to understand the darkest secrets of their beloved, and lay bare the mysteries of the human heart.
With her luminous prose, wry humour and dead-on cultural observations, Claudia Dey has created a storytelling tour de force about what it means to love, no matter the consequences.
Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. Her plays have been produced internationally and include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as a Best Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Dey lives in Toronto and is co-owner and co-creator of the design label Horses Atelier.
Zoe Whittall’s third novel, The Best Kind of People is currently being adapted for feature film by Director Sarah Polley, and was shortlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize, named Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016, and a best book of the year by Walrus Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, & The National Post. Whittall has worked as a TV writer on “The Baroness Von Sketch Show”, which Vogue Magazine called “the best thing out of Canada since Ryan Gosling” and several other comedy shows. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won the 2009 Lambda Literary award for trans fiction, and in 2008 her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts won a Writers’ Trust Dayne Olgilvie grant. Her next novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming in 2019 with Ballantine in the U.S. and HarperCollins in Canada.