We are super excited to host a reading with renowned author Annabel Lyon here at NVCL on May 22 at 7pm. Annabel is the author of five published and critically acclaimed works of fiction, including The Golden Mean, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize, and the Commonwealth Prize. Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, The Golden Mean has been translated into 14 languages and became a #1 bestseller in Canada. Her newest book, The Sweet Girl, is a continuation of The Golden Mean, focusing on the life of Aristotle’s teenage daughter, Pythias.
Annabel studied classical music, philosophy, and law and taught piano before she decided to write full-time. She lives in New Westminster with her partner and two children. She teaches at the Creative Writing Department of the University of British Columbia, from which she received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.
Check out these review snippets of her books:
“The Sweet Girl is a remarkable novel, not just a pleasure to read but also a book that I expect to reread several times.”
—Jeet Heer, The National Post
“The intimate and the infinite are tangled together in this incandescent book, lit by Aristotle’s bright spark of a daughter. Lucid even in nightmare, The Sweet Girl slips sideways around the philosopher to examine the lives of girls and women when we were not yet human.”
—Marina Endicott, author of The Little Shadows and Good to a Fault
“The Golden Mean is more than a brilliant and beautifully told novel: it’s also a profound exploration of moral and philosophical issues that have troubled and perplexed us since Aristotle.” — Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter
“The 4th century BC and the youth of Alexander the Great are marvelously re-imagined in Lyon’s justifiably garlanded novel… The daily intrigues of the court, the visceral aspects of battle, philosophical discussion, and Aristotle’s household are all evoked in measured, burnished prose, which combines thrilling immediacy with a stately timelessness.” — The Guardian
“It takes chutzpah to make your main characters Aristotle and Alexander the Great, but Lyon pulls it off; she has the gift of finding the pulse of the ancient world and bringing it back to glorious life… gripping, with a powerful sense of time and place.” — The Times, London
Joining Annabel is Lynn Crymble, a North Vancouver novelist whose first book, It Can Happen to You, was published by Harper Collins in 2011. She is now at work on her third book, a novel about hockey fans.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for wine and light refreshments in the Dr. G. Paul Singh Study Hall on the third floor of the library. Readings are always free and open to the public. No tickets or registration required. For more info, visit nvcl.ca.