Book Talks: The Illuminations and Little Bastards In Springtime

the illuminationsThe Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan

In Andrew O’Hagan’s The Illuminations, Anne Quick was once a pioneer in documentary photography, but her talent has long been forgotten as she slips in and out of dementia living in a Scottish senior’s facility. Her grandson, Luke, is in Afghanistan, a captain of the British Army, where his mission goes terribly wrong. While Anne’s lonely neighbor Maureen, and her middle aged daughter Alice become increasingly fascinated with Anne’s photography, Anne has flashes of memory where the long dead come back to life, children grow up and grow down, and the past and present collide. When Luke returns home, ears still ringing from the din of battle, he and Anne embark on a journey – Anne desperate to remember, Luke desperate to forget.

Andrew O’Hagan is a two-time Book nominated novelist. His most recent novel, The Illuminations, is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

little bastards in springtimeLittle Bastards in Springtime by Katja Rudolph

The Evergreen Award™ reading program is comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults of any age. Little Bastards in Springtime, Katja Rudolph’s debut novel, is a nominee for the 2015 Evergreen Award.

It’s spring of 1992. Eleven year old Jevrem Andric watches helplessly as his family and home are torn apart by war in Sarajevo. Although the survivors escape to Canada, Jevrem is unable to leave the war behind and starts running with a gang of teenage Yugoslav refugees that terrorize the streets of Toronto.

When his cherished grandmother dies, he faces a moral reckoning that compels him to try, in his own warped way, to do some good in the world, no matter the consequences.

Rudolph’s voice is searing and tender as she creates a brilliant portrait of a boy’s fight for emotional survival and a family’s attempt to find peace in a new land.

Haliburton County Public Library actively participates in and promotes the Evergreen Award. Read one or all ten nominated titles and cast your vote for your favorite, at any of the eight branches, in the Fall.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM May 3rd – 16th, 2015.

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