Join us on November 18th for the next evening in our author’s series!
Join author Robin Blackburn McBride as she discusses Toronto’s history via a tour of selected settings and passages in her debut novel, The Shining Fragments (Guernica, 2018).
Recognized as an Editors’ Choice book with the Historical Novel Society in North America, The Shining Fragments explores the ramifications of abandonment, obsession, love, memory, and visionary power. Spanning the years 1882 – 1904, the story follows Joseph Conlon from his early childhood in Ulster to his experiences of youth and adulthood as an Irish immigrant in Toronto. Left behind as a small boy at Union Station, Joseph grows up in a city bleak with bigotry. He discovers that he has artistic talent and becomes a designer of stained glass windows. Joseph is haunted by the spirit of his unborn sister, Annie, and the powerful and often conflicting influences of the women in his life.