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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Alan Cumyn Reading

Alan Cumyn reads from The Famished Lover at Library and Archives Canada - Wednesday, September 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
From Collected Works bookstore:

"In The Famished Lover, Ramsay Crome has emerged from the World War I prisoner of war camps barely alive and desperately hungry for life and love. Within months of his return to Montreal, he impulsively marries Lillian, a deeply conservative farm girl. But marriage doesn't begin to fill the void inside him. He can't escape the horror of the camps, and thoughts of Margaret, his idealized wartime sweetheart, torment him. Through the Depression, Ramsay struggles to provide for his family by painting pinup girls for a small agency, where passions inevitably flare. Finally, a visit from Margaret shatters Ramsay's sense of himself: why is he alive, and how will he continue to live? Alan Cumyn's most mature and accomplished novel explores a traumatized man's struggle for love and meaning in the face of unspeakable violence.

Alan Cumyn was born in Ottawa, and studied at Royal Roads Military College and Queen's University before earning an M.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Windsor. He is a former English teacher and freelance writer. He has won the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award in 1999 and was a Torgi Award Finalist, as well as a Trillium Award Finalist in 1999."

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