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Author and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell to read as part of UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Reading Series

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Sep 12, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John

UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Reading Series will kick off its 2019-2020 season with author and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell reading from The Waiting Hours on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Marco Polo Room at Parkland (Shannex), 40 Vitality Way, and again at 7 p.m. at the Kennebecasis Valley Public Library. This reading is in memory of Susan Kathleen Leyden, longtime supporter of the Lorenzo Society.

In the novel, when tragedy erupts on a stifling summer night, three ordinary people, with the extraordinary jobs of rescuing strangers, are connected to one another in ways both explicit and invisible. Each is deeply devoted to what they do, but they are all beginning to crack under the immense pressures of their work.

Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her debut novel, Under This Unbroken Sky, won the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award. It was also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of The League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, and its private reading sponsors.

For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email lorenzo@unb.ca.

Photo credit: Christopher Porter