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The lazy days of summer come to an end Labour Day weekend with a reading by Mary Lawson on Saturday 3 September at 7:30 at the Charles W. Stockey Centre.

Though she has lived in England for many years Mary Lawson grew up in a small Ontario town and spent her summers in Northern Ontario, where she has set all of her novels.

Mary Lawson is distantly related to L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, who was her grandfather’s first cousin. But it is the fact that her mother read to her that had more influence, Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and Swallows and Amazons were favourites.

At University Mary Lawson took a degree in psychology, and it was not until after her children started school that she began writing short stories for women’s magazines. She was into her 50s before writing her first novel Crow Lake. Though it took her 3 years to find a publisher Crow Lake became a New York Times bestseller and spent 75 weeks on the bestseller lists in Canada.

Her second novel The Other Side of the Bridge was long listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. Road Ends, her third novel, is Mary Lawson at her best. In this masterful, enthralling, tender novel, which ranges from the Ontario silver rush of the early 1900s to swinging London in the 1960s, she gently reveals the intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy, and in time, hope to start again.


Mary Lawson will discuss her three novels, Crow Lake, The Other Side of the Bridge and Road Ends. Mary will read from her work and talk about how she became a writer, how she constructs her stories and her characters, and give insights into the books themselves.


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