It’s been quite a ride for Fernie author Angie Abdou: her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads book, and the next, The Canterbury Trail, was a finalist for Banff Mountain Book of the Year.
She’s been cover girl on such literary publications as Quill & Quire and BC Bookworld.
Abdou will read from her work in at Nelson Public Library on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 pm.
An instructor at College of the Rockies with a PhD in creative writing, Abdou is the author of three notable works of fiction.
Her short story collection, Anything Boys Can Do(Thistledown, 2006) was heralded by BC Bookworld as “an extraordinary literary debut.”
The Bone Cage(NeWest, 2007) chronicles the stories of Sadie and Digger as they prepare for Olympic competition in swimming and wrestling, respectively.
Its selection by NHL player Georges Laraque for the Canada Reads competition thrust Abdou into the spotlight and a whirlwind of public appearances. It was included in Canadian Literature’s all-time top ten list “Best Canadian Sport Literature.”
Abdou’s latest novel, The Canterbury Trail(Brindle & Glass, 2011), was a thesis project that generated both a doctorate and notable critical acclaim. It took the gold medal for Canada West in the 2011 IPPY Awards (an independent publishing award).
The story, inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, brings together a disparate assortment of snow enthusiasts on the last weekend of the ski season.
The nearby town rings remarkably like Fernie, but the characters that converge on a snow-bound back-country cabin are entirely themselves.
Abdou will also be reading at the Rossland and Nakusp Public Libraries on September 22, In Kimberley October 3, and in Invermere October 10. For more information, please contact the libraries.
Abdou’s readings are sponsored by the Kootenay Library Federation and the host libraries. For more information contact Nelson Public Library at 352-6333 or go to www.abdou.ca.