Emma Hooper



Travel east with Emma Hooper. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, about a cross-country journey, is reminiscent of a fable. Her mythical style continues in her much-anticipated second novel Our Homesick Songs which takes us out to Newfoundland.
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Thursday, October 18. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Alberta-raised Emma Hooper is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music in the UK. Her acclaimed debut novel, Otto and Etta and Russell and James, was written over two years, fitted around her jobs as a lecturer and a touring and session violinist. Hooper is still performing on the festival circuit and with a string quartet.

Otto and Etta and Russell and James is a love letter to Hooper’s homeland with the story of 82-year-old Etta undertaking a 2,000 mile walk from Saskatchewan to the ocean, leaving her husband at home. Hooper's novel, with its spare, evocative prose, seamlessly interweaves the main characters’ present-day lives with their stories of the past.

Hooper’s new novel, Our Homesick Songs, presents a lyrical, charming, and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction on the wind-blown shores of Newfoundland, and the different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and love alive. Hooper paints a gorgeous portrait, weaving together four different stories and two generations. Told in her signature ethereal style, each page of this novel glows with mythical, musical wonder.

Host Matthew Stepanic is a freelance writer and poet. His first book - the collaborative novel Project Compass - was published last year.

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Meet the writer behind the much-debated Hero’s Walk as Anita Rau Badami talks with Angie Abdou about being selected for CBC’s Canada Reads. Badami’s descriptive and beautiful writing puts us easily into someone else’s shoes, giving us the ability to understand another’s perspective. Join us for an insightful evening.