Sally Cooper and Becky Blake Reading

Sally Cooper and Becky Blake Reading

Dec. 7, 7 PM – 9 PM

Literary Fiction Lovers and Readers of All Stripes! Please join us for a wonderful reading and discussion with Sally Cooper and Becky Blake from their two new novels! This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Both authors will be happy to chat afterwards and sign books. More info on their novels can be found here:

With My Back to the World by Sally Cooper
In an ambitious, yet intimate novel set in Taos, New Mexico, and Hamilton, Ontario, Sally Cooper explores unexpected motherhood, creativity, race, love and faith. With My Back to the World tells the stories of three women: Rudie, who is editing a documentary in Hamilton in 2010; historical artist Agnes Martin, who decides in 1974 after seven years' exile in New Mexico to begin painting again; and Ellen, a black woman burying her husband in 1870 on an Ontario homestead. Each of these women is waiting for the arrival of an unexpected child and their interconnected stories explore how society's, and our own, ideas of what it means to be a woman, a mother and an artist change over time. Evocative and introspective, With My Back to the World tells the complicated stories of how different women find faith in themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake
What's the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has criminal charges waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity - if she can just find a way to clear her name.