Join us for an evening with Ann-Marie MacDonald as she returns to Winnipeg to discuss her eagerly anticipated new book Fayne (Knopf Canada) with host Jen Zoratti of The Winnipeg Free Press. Co-presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers.
The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.
In Fayne, a beloved writer returns with a tale of science, magyk, love and identity set in the late nineteenth century.
Charlotte Bell is growing up at Fayne, a vast and lonely estate straddling the border between England and Scotland, where she has been kept from the world by her father owing to a mysterious condition. Charlotte revels in the moorlands, and has learned the treacherous and healing ways of the bog from the old hired man, Byrn, whose own origins are shrouded in mystery. Charlotte has grown up with the knowledge that her mother died in giving birth to her, and that her older brother, Charles, the long-awaited heir, died soon afterwards. When Charlotte’s appetite for learning threatens to exceed the bounds of the estate, her father breaks with tradition and hires a tutor to teach his daughter “as you would my son, had I one.” But when Charlotte and her tutor’s explorations of the bog turn up an unexpected artefact, her passion for knowledge and adventure will take her to the bottom of family secrets and to the heart of her own identity.
Ann-Marie MacDonald is an award-winning novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcast host. She is the author of the bestselling novels Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, and Adult Onset. Ann-Marie is a graduate of the Acting Program of The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her LGBTQ2SI+ activism. She is married to theatre director Alisa Palmer, with whom she has two children.
Host Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and the author of NEXT, a weekly newsletter looking toward a post-pandemic future. As a member of the Arts & Life department at the paper, Jen writes about how we live — and the things that make life worth living. A fourth-generation Winnipegger, she lives in the city with her husband and dog.