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Peoples University: “Wheeling in Literature” Meeting #1, Keith Maillard: Fatherless, A Memoir

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ohio County Public Library

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Peoples University: “Wheeling in Literature” Meeting #1, Keith Maillard: Fatherless, A Memoir

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

NOVEMBER 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Meeting #1 KEITH MAILLARD

FATHERLESS: A MEMOIR

Keith Maillard is the author of fourteen novels, most recently Twin Studies, the winner of the Alberta Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he has lived in Vancouver for most of his adult life. He has been a musician, photographer, and journalist, and has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia since 1989.

The story of his new memoir, Fatherless (WVU Press, 2019), begins with a phone call out of the blue: a lawyer tells a writer that his 96-year-old father, with whom he has had no contact since the age of three and whom he has twice tried to find without success, has just died, leaving him nothing. Half-reluctant, half-fascinated, both angry and curious, Keith Maillard begins to research his father’s life. The result is a suspenseful work of historical reconstruction—a social history often reading like a detective story—as well as a psychologically acute portrait of the impact of a father’s absence. Walking a tightrope between the known and the unknown, and following a trail that takes him from Vancouver to Montreal to his native Wheeling, Maillard has pulled off a book that only a novelist of his stature could write.

Note: This program might be presented live via Skype. Check back for details TBA.

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Date:
November 5
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Ohio County Public Library
52 Sixteenth Street
Wheeling, WV 26003 United States
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