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Bestselling author Jane Urquhart reads from new novel Sanctuary Line

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Aug 29, 2018

Category: UNB Saint John

Bestselling author Jane Urquhart will read from her new novel, Sanctuary Line on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre.

Ever since The Whirlpool (1986) won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Jane Urquhart, the author of six novels, has been earning awards and accolades for her work. Away (1993) won the Trillium Book Award; The Underpainter (1997) won a Governor General's Award. The Stone Carvers (2001) was a finalist for both the Governor General's Award and the Giller. A Map of Glass (2005) was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. A recipient of the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

The reading is hosted by the Lorenzo Reading Series and the UNB Saint John Bookstore, and supported by The Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact The University Bookstore at (506) 648-5540, inprint at (506) 648-2315, or email sjbooks@unbsj.ca.

About the novel Sanctuary Line
Set in the present day on a farm at the shores of Lake Erie, Jane Urquhart's stunning new novel weaves elements from the nineteenth-century past, in Ireland and Ontario, into a gradually unfolding contemporary story of events in the lives of the members of one family that come to alter their futures irrevocably. There are ancestral lighthouse-keepers, seasonal Mexican workers; the migratory patterns and survival techniques of the Monarch butterfly; the tragedy of a young woman's death during a tour of duty in Afghanistan; three very different but equally powerful love stories. Jane Urquhart brings to vivid life the things of the past that make us who we are, and reveals the sometimes difficult path to understanding and forgiveness.

"Urquhart builds stories like an architect... and the brilliance of Urquhart's powerful ending is that it makes us want to start again..." -Toronto Star


Contact:  Pat Joas, University Bookstore, UNB Saint John
  (506) 648-5637, joas@unb.ca