Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The UNB Reading Series Presents: Linden MacIntyre
Award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster Linden MacIntyre returns with the third volume in his Cape Breton trilogy, Why Men Lie (Random House, 2012). The novel begins two years after the events of The Bishop’s Man (Random House 2009) and centres on Effie MacAskill, a tenured professor of Celtic Studies and sister of the troubled priest Duncan, a character from MacIntyre’s previous novel. A fortuitous meeting with J. C. Campbell, a childhood friend that Effie hasn’t seen in more than twenty years, leads her into the possibility of a new romantic relationship. The infidelities of Effie’s first husband, Sextus, prompted her to seek a fresh start in life and her romance with J. C. begins hopefully. However, cracks emerge and J. C.’s behavior proves unpredictable. When Effie spots him in a seedy area of the city late at night and confronts him, he denies having left house. His increasingly erratic behavior and obsession with a death row convict leads to a rupture in their relationship. Effie’s family obligations require her attention in Cape Breton, but her past and present soon merge in unexpected and potentially dangerous ways.
Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man was awarded the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2010 Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. He is the author of the novel The Long Stretch (HarperCollins 1999) and two works of Non-fiction: Causeway: A Passage from Innocence (HarperCollins 2006) and Who Killed Ty Conn (Viking 2000), written with Theresa Burke. MacIntrye is also a broadcaster and journalist with the CBC, known for his investigative reports produced for The Fifth Estate, and has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting.
The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.
Admission is free and all are welcome to attend