This evening, I listened as two outstanding Canadian authors, Jamie Zeppa and Miriam Toews, read and discussed their books at Norfolk United Church in downtown Guelph.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Jamie Zeppa decided to leave the comforts of home and go teach in Bhutan. In 1999, she wrote her memoir, Beyond the Sky and Earth, based on those years. This evening, she read from her latest book, Every Time We Say Goodbye, which contains elements from Zeppa's own life.
Miriam Toews was born in a Mennonite community in Manitoba. Her books portray quirky characters in sad situations. One of her earlier books, A Complicated Kindness, won the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award and was a 2004 Giller Prize finalist. As she read from her latest book, Irma Voth, we all laughed at the comments and antics of her characters.