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Linda Spalding in Knowlton

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--October 15, 2014.

Highlighting the upcoming Knowlton Literary Festival weekend on October 17, 18 and 19, will be two appearances by Governor General award winning author Linda Spalding.

Spalding will conduct a writing workshop at the Knowlton Campus of Bishop's University on Saturday morning, October 18 from 9:30 to 12:00. The workshop is entitled “Writing the Past. Writing the Present” and will cost $25.00. Reservations can be made at Brome Lake Books, 450-242-2242.

Spalding will also speak about her work at a books and brunch event at Le Relais restaurant in the Auberge Knowlton on Sunday, October 19 from 11:00 to 1:00. Reservations can be made at Brome Lake Books.

Writer of fiction and non-fiction, editor, and university teacher, Linda Spalding was born in Topeka, Kansas, lived in Mexico and Hawaii, and now calls Toronto home. Her work with Brick, A Journal of Reviews, one of Canada's leading literary publications, earned her the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community.

She has taught creative writing at the University of Hawaii, the University of Guelph and at York, Ryerson and Humber College in Toronto. Her non-fiction work includes A Dark Place in the Jungle: Following Leakey's Last Angel into Borneo (1999) and Who Named the Knife (2005), an account of the trial and imprisonment in Hawaii of Maryann Acker for a murder she may not have committed. In 2008 the book formed the basis of a TV movie.

Her most recent novel, The Purchase, for which she won the Governor General's award for fiction in 2012, is partly based on her own family history which she researched in Virginia and in the process discovered that her 18th century ancestors had owned slaves. The novel recounts how Daniel Dickinson, a devout abolitionist, attends a country auction intending to buy a plough and buys a young slave boy instead. What follows is a gripping tale of murder and tragedy and the near disintegration of the Dickinson family.

Linda Spalding is married to Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje.

For additional information: Joseph Singerman; joseph@singerman.ca or Philip Lanthier: philiplanthier@live.ca