Man & Other Natural Disasters, —Nerys Parry reading at Central, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., March 16
Simon Peters, a recluse full of half-cocked theories on every subject from heart-broken shrimp to the Jungian consciousness of DNA, spends his days hiding from his horrific past in the basement of the Calgary City Library. Enter Minerva, a twenty-two year-old business major whose ghostly resemblance to Simon’s dead sister compels him to reveal his shocking past: a sister who died of spontaneous human combustion, a father crushed in a rock blast, a mother who disappeared in a tornado—all during one hot prairie summer.
But parts of Simon’s story do not add up. When he finds Minerva passed out and bleeding on his bathroom floor, he must conquer the tyranny of his own memory and confront what really happened that summer of 1962. But the truth, when uncovered, proves no less astonishing than the original tale.
Based on real events recounted during the Sons of Freedom movement of the 60s, Man & Other Natural Disasters is a testament to the power of story in a world too often shaken by forces outside our control: nature, terrorism, death—even love. Of all the planet has yet to throw at us, the question remains: can we recover from the worst natural disaster yet—ourselves?
Synopsis lifted from author website—nerysparry.com.
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At noon, Friday March 16, join us at the Central Library as author Nerys Parry returns to the setting of her novel to talk about the 11 year journey to get her remarkable debut novel into print. Learn what it takes to get published in today's market from a "powerful and emerging talent" in Canadian literature.
After the presentation, you are invited for a "behind the scenes" tour of the library's basement. See for yourself the location that inspired the novel's protagonist, Simon Peters.
This event takes place Friday, March 16 on the Main Floor from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Register here.