Best-selling author Susan Swan to speak at Brescia

September 21, 2012

London, ON – Susan Swan, the critically acclaimed author of The Wives of Bathand What Casanova Told Me, will speak at Brescia University College on September 25th and read from her recently released novel, The Western Light. Set between Southwestern Ontario and the fictional town of Madoc’s Landing on Georgian Bay, The Western Light explores how a young Mary “Mouse” Bradford is torn between love for her strong but absent father and a former NHL hockey legend who is now asylum inmate. Swan will be exploring the father-daughter relationship in literature and discuss the shadowy nature of fathers who are background figures for most daughters, while behind the father stands Western culture’s powerful archetype of the father as ruler, protector and family provider.

According to NOW Magazine, “with [The Western Light’s] focus on winter in northern towns, pre-medicare medicine, hockey and the very relevant issue of concussions among professional athletes, Swan has added another gem to the Canadian canon.”

Susan Swan’s impact on the Canadian literary and political scene has been far-reaching. Her critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries and with the film adaptation of the international bestseller The Wives of Bath, renamed Lost and Delirious was released in 34 countries. Swan’s last novel,What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize of Canada. Swan’s other novels include The Biggest Modern Woman in the World (Finalist for Canada’s Best First Novel Award and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction), The Last of the Golden Girls, and the short story collection Stupid Boys are Good to Relax With.

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