A nominee for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award will be featured at a literary event during Pride Week in London. Marnie Woodrow of Toronto will do a reading from her book, Spelling Mississippi, on Wednesday at an event organized by the Matching Accessories Literary Trust (MALT), a group formed this year to support gay writers in London.
Thom Keith will also be reading and both Woodrow and Keith will be featured guests at a fund-raising dinner for MALT after the reading.
Timothy Findley described Woodrow's earlier short stories as "delicious, dangerous and delightful." In a London Free Press review, Nancy Schiefer said Spelling Mississippi shows "imaginative dare-deviltry."
The novel is about a Canadian tourist launched into mystery, self-discovery and romance in New Orleans when she thinks she witnesses the suicide of a woman who leaps into the river dressed in an evening gown.
IF YOU GO
What: Matching Accessories Literary Trust reading by Marnie Woodrow and Thom Keith, followed by a fundraising dinner
When: Wednesday; reading at 7 p.m., dinner about 9 p.m.
Where: Reading in Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, Galleria London, 251 Dundas St.; dinner at Braywick Bistro, 244 Dundas St.
Tickets: Dinner and reading $50, available from Brigitte Gagne (672-2074, email@example.com) or Joan Brennan (434-0961 or firstname.lastname@example.org); reading only, $2