Today’s Poll

Author Grant Lawrence brings hockey—and jazz!—to the Nelson Library

By Contributor
October 17th, 2014

When do you get hockey and jazz in one great evening?

On Tuesday (October 21) at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.

That’s when author and CBC Radio host Grant Lawrence presents his newest book The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre).

Along for the trip is his wife, award-winning jazz vocalist Jill Barber. The result is a sort of song-and-slapshot evening that’s sure to entertain.

In addition to being a CBC host, an indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound, Grant Lawrence has another claim to fame: as a baby, he spent part of a plane ride on Bobby Orr’s lap.

Grant, his parents, Orr and the rest of the Canadian hockey team were on their way to the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series. It was at this tender age that Grant’s lifelong entanglement with hockey began.

TheLonely End of the Rink combines hockey lore, Canadian music history, personal anecdotes, and a hilarious account of hockey’s influence on Lawrence’s life: when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet; while touring the country with his band, The Smugglers; and finally, when he became a CBC broadcaster and journalist who found striking connections between the worlds of hockey and music. 

The book features Lawrence’s signature storytelling and side-splitting narration.

For more about Grant Lawrence and his books, go to

For more about Jill Barber, with samples of her music, go to The event is presented by the Kootenay Library Federation and the Nelson Public Library. Otter Books will be on hand with books and music.

Other News Stories