9th Ave: André Alexis and Karen Joy Fowler

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store

 

 

 

André Alexis, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize for his novel Fifteen Dogs, discusses his new novel, The Hidden Keys with Karen Joy Fowler.

 

Praise for André Alexis:

 

"A novel about a pack of talking dogs, you say? The very idea will most likely breed thoughts of insufferable whimsy, like those paintings of mutts playing poker, or of more or less effective satire, in the vein of Animal Farm. It’s a grand thing, then, that this spry novel by Canadian André Alexis spends its 160 pages repeatedly defying expectations ... I’m far from being a dog person, but as a book person I loved this smart, exuberant fantasy from start to finish." - — Jonathan Gibbs, The Guardian, on Fifteen Dogs

 

"Over the course of this novel, slim yet epic in scope, Alexis chronicles the fates of these strangely afflicted beasts, shifting from thought experiment to comic parable to something more delicate, laden with detail, discovery and emotional nuance." — The Globe & Mail on Fifteen Dogs

 

"A remarkable book. Insightful, wildly original and beautiful. Buy it." — Mark Medley, Books Editor at The Globe & Mail, on Fifteen Dogs

 

 

 

About The Hidden Keys:

 

Parkdale’s Green Dolphin is a bar of ill repute, and it is there that Tancred Palmieri, a thief with elegant and erudite tastes, meets Willow Azarian, an aging heroin addict. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and help her solve the puzzle.

 

A Japanese screen, a painting that plays music, a bottle of aquavit, a framed poem and a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: Tancred is lured in to this beguiling quest, and even though Willow dies before the puzzle is solved, he presses on.

 

As he tracks down the treasure, he must enlist the help of Alexander von Wurfel, conceptual artist and taxidermist to the wealthy, and fend off Willow’s heroin dealers, a young albino named ‘Nigger’ Colby and his sidekick, Sigismund ‘Freud’ Luxemburg, a clubfooted psychopath, both of whom are eager to get their hands on this supposed pot of gold. And he must mislead Detective Daniel Mandelshtam, his most adored friend.

 

Inspired by a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, The Hidden Keys questions what it means to be honorable, what it means to be faithful and what it means to sin.

 

The Hidden Keys Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781552453254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Coach House Books - October 11th, 2016

Although the Green Dolphin is a bar of ill repute, it is there that Tancred Palmieri, a thief with elegant and erudite tastes, meets Willow Azarian, an aging heroin addict. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance.


Fifteen Dogs Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552453056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Coach House Books - April 14th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2015 Toronto Book Awards

Winner of the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142180822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Plume Books - February 25th, 2014

Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award

One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013
Named by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the top 15 works of fiction


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