Join us for a reading by Montreal’s own Jocelyn Parr, reading from her first novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures (Goose Lane Editions, 2017) – part of the Concordia Co-op Bookstore‘s 15th Anniversary edition of the Local Legends Reading Series.
Provocative and compelling, Uncertain Weights and Measures takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia, when belief in a higher purpose was everything. Written in beautifully incisive prose, Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the atmosphere of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics. A love story, mystery, and thriller all packaged into a rich, intelligent narrative.
Uncertain Weights and Measures is a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award in Fiction.
“The story of a Russia — and a love — at the precipice, poised between dreaming and giving in. As in Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels or Bellow’s Seize the Day, Parr’s characters seem to move under the surface of the page — breathing, changing, flawed, and resilient.”
— Sean Michaels, award-winning author of Us Conductors .
WHEN: November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Concordia Co-op Bookstore
2150 Bishop Street
FREE and open to the public
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand but grew up on Canada’s West Coast. Her writing has been published in France, Germany, and Canada and in magazines such as Matrix, Grain, and Brick Magazine. She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches History at Dawson College.
Media Contact & For More Information:
Larissa Dutil – Programming & Outreach Coordinator
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore