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Lorenzo Society’s Book Club to feature bestselling author Beth Powning

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on May 2, 2022

Category: UNB Saint John

UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Book Club will feature bestselling author Beth Powning reading from her novel, The Sister’s Tale, on Wednesday, May 11.

In The Sister’s Tale, with murder dominating the news, the respected wife of a New Brunswick sea captain is drawn into the case of a British home child whose bad luck has turned worse. Mortified that she must purchase the girl in a pauper auction to save her from the lechery of wealthy townsmen, Josephine Galloway finds herself suddenly the proprietor of a boarding house kept afloat by the sweat and tears of a curious and not completely compatible collection of women, including this English teenager, Flora Salford. Flora's place in her new "family" cannot be complete until she rescues the missing person in her life, the only one who understands the trials she has come through and fresh horrors met since they were separated years before.

Beth Powning’s previous books include Seeds of Another Summer: Finding the Spirit of Home in Nature, a collection of lyrical prose and photographs that celebrates the natural beauty of her New Brunswick home. Shadow Child, shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, is a memoir of coming to terms with the stillbirth of her first son. Edge Seasons, a Globe and Mail Best Book, is a personal memoir about transformation – about seasonal change within the natural world around her and in her life. Her previous novels are the bestsellers The Hatbox Letters and The Sea Captain's Wife. In 2010, Powning was awarded New Brunswick's Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in English-Language Literary Arts.

This reading is in partnership with the UNB Alumni Book Club, a virtual community that connects UNB alumni, faculty and staff as they read and discuss various book genres such as lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other topics.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, the New Brunswick Literary Promotion Program, UNB Saint John and its private reading sponsors.

The reading takes place on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre on UNB’s Saint John campus.

For more information email lorenzo@unb.ca.