The downtown core of Toronto is being consumed by Elysium, a drug that allows its users to slip through the permeable edges of this world and then consumes them utterly. Peddled by the icy Srebrenka, few have managed to escape the drug and its dealer. But Maggie has. Acclaimed local author Lauren B. Davis is joined by novelist John C. Fosterto read from and discuss Davis’s new book, which is in addition about a very special bookstore! Please join us.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," The Grimoire of Kensington Market is the story of Maggie, guardian of The Grimoire bookstore, which expands and contracts as stories are born... or die. Only those who are destined to find The Grimoire enter through its front door. But one day a messenger arrives with a mysterious note that reads, "follow me." The next day, another note arrives and then another. The messages, Maggie realizes, are from her brother, Kyle, who has fallen under the influence of the Elysium. Kyle has gone too far into the Silver World and needs his sister, a recovering addict herself, to rescue him.
Driven by guilt and love in equal measure, Maggie sets off on a quest where bands of robbers stalk the woods, tavern keepers weave clouds to hide mountains and caribou fly on the Northern Lights. A journey where dreams and the dead both come to life.
Lauren B. Davis is the author, previously, of Against a Darkening Sky; The Empty Room, named one of the best books of the year by the National Post, the Winnipeg Post and an Amazon.ca Editor’s Pick; Our Daily Bread, Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Radiant City, Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize finalist; and The Stubborn Season; plus two collections of short stories, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. John C. Foster is the author of three novels, Dead Men, Night Roads and Mister White, and one collection of short stories, Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances. His fourth novel, The Isle, will be released this fall. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Shock Totem, Dark Moon Digest and Strange Aeons.