Last Monday night we wrapped up the 2017-18 Grimsby Author Series with an inspiring evening featuring Grimsby’s own buzzworthy literary talent Laurie Petrou, and bestselling historical fiction author Jennifer Robson. It was the last event of the regular season, but it was actually a night full of firsts for the series. It was our first time welcoming both authors to our stage, it was Laurie Petrou’s first ever public reading of her first published novel, and she just happened to be our first ever local Grimsby author, too. Oh, and it was our first time ever having a craft beer vendor attend! As most of you know we usually have a local Niagara winery on hand to supply libations, but this Monday it was Bush Pilot Brewing Company who kept us refreshed. On one of the first more reasonably warm days of the year, it was lovely to have some ice cold Pengo Pally Saisons (brewed with Arctic herbs) for their inaugural night with us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to mix things up!
Local hearts were glowing with pride as Grimsby author Laurie Petrou took the stage for her debut Author Series appearance and first ever book reading. Having attended our events as a guest for years, it was only fitting that her first one should be with us! Laurie is one of the Niagara Region’s most exciting up-and-coming talents and we are so privileged to have her living and working right here in our hometown. She was the winner of the Half the World Global Literati prize in 2016 for her at-the-time unpublished book. Earlier this year it was snapped up and published by Harper Collins Canada. The team at the Grimsby Library and Author Series couldn’t be more delighted to support this local author with the release of her first novel.
Sister of Mine is a riveting and suspenseful family drama that has literary-thriller fans standing at attention. It starts with a shocking murder, but it’s not a “whodunit”. It’s a “what happens next” tale. The substance of the story is really in the aftermath. What happens in the days, months and years after the event? How do the people involved keep such a terrible and damaging secret? How do our lives get twisted when our deepest bonds are pushed to their limits? Exploring the complexities of loyalty and sisterhood by reveal snapshots into the characters’ past. Laurie writes a deeply compelling story that expertly awakens all five senses. From the first sentence, Sister of Mine hooks the reader and does not let go. It is a riveting page-turner from start to finish and is the work of a new master storyteller.
Jennifer Robson’s internationally bestselling books have been enduring favourites here at the Grimsby Library, and we were so happy to have the chance to welcome her to the Grimsby Author Series for the first time! An academic at heart, Jennifer has a passion for researching the past, and has an innate ability to make history come alive through perspectives that often get lost in time. It is the stories of women that interest her, and exploring what their lives were like against the backdrop of some of history’s most exciting, dramatic and important moments. Her latest book Goodnight from London, accomplishes this objective perfectly.
The book follows Ruby Sutton, a reporter for an American magazine in 1940’s wartime, who gets the chance to fly to London and report on the war first hand. Women reporting on the ground in this way was almost unheard of at the time, but this character exemplifies the type of person Jennifer loves to capture in her books. It is all the more poignant as the story of the main character is inspired by her own grandmother who was a reporter. Jennifer Robson knows how to deliver the goods, and her accurate portrayal of London during the Blitz, the aftermath of the bombings, and life in a besieged city told through the eyes of ordinary people is unmatched.
Door prizes were raffled off at the end of the night as well which included fabulous items from our sponsors Cole’s Florists, Objects to Desire, Stacy Heidman of Steeped Tea, Elipsis Day Spa, Special Effects Art Shoppe, Theatre Aquarius, and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. A big thank you to all of these contributors, and to The Peanut Mill, Forks Road Pottery and Bush Pilot Brewing Company for providing our guest speakers with their wonderful gifts.
Both authors answered a ton of questions from the audience after their talks from the audience and stayed after the raffles were drawn to sign copies of their books for an impressive lineup of fans. We’d like to send out a huge thank you to both Laurie and Jennifer for attending and closing out our sweet 16th season with style. Seeing as they both have new books in the works, we hope to see both cross our stage again soon!
Did you miss out on your chance to attend the regular season of the Grimsby Author Series? Well, you still have one more chance this June to go to an event! Check it out below:
At the Library w/ Paula McLain and Katherine Ashenburg
Friday, June 1
Doors: 6:30 PM / Event: 7 PM
Tickets: $20 each
The Grimsby Public Library is welcoming two award-winning, critically acclaimed authors late this spring for a special event of the Grimsby Author Series. Paula McLain and Katherine will be here on Friday, June 1 (doors at 6:30 PM) to speak about their latest works and sign books for fans. Snacks and a wine tasting from Peller Estates will be provided. Tickets are just $20 each, and are on sale now at the Library, or you can buy tickets online.
Buy tickets for our 3 Fall events this August. These will be held in September, October and November. Fall packages are $75 each.
No more full-season packages! The series will be split into 2 parts instead: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The lineup for the Spring 2019 season will be announced in the fall, tickets will go on sale before Christmas, and the events will be held in March, April and May. This allows us to invite authors who have new books being released in the spring, while avoiding the bad weather months of January and February.
Please contact the Library at 905-945-5142 for more info.
Our sponsors, benefactors and volunteers
Last but certainly not least we would like to thank all of our awesome volunteers, sponsors and benefactors for another amazing season! We 100% could not do it without you, and are so appreciative of all of our support and generosity throughout the years. We look forward to next season and working with you again!