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Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Nicole Lundrigan

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Nicole Lundrigan

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book catches up with author Nicole Lundrigan, who will be reading from The Widow Tree (Douglas & McIntyre) in Parry Sound on Wednesday, October 23, in Creemore on Saturday, October 26, and in Markham on Friday, November 1. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario: Parry Sound, Creemore, or Markham, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.

Open Book:

Tell us about what you?ll be reading at this year?s IFOA Ontario festival.

Nicole Lundrigan:

This year I will be reading from my fifth novel, The Widow Tree. My first four novels were set in Newfoundland, and this one takes place in 1950s Yugoslavia. My husband?s family is from former Yugoslavia, and my father-in-law was a great storyteller. I began writing down his stories and asking questions, and the book incorporates many things he shared. The story is about three teenagers who decide to conceal something valuable and then one of them goes missing.


What is your preferred method of travel for a reading tour and why?


Whenever I travel, motion sickness is never far behind. For that reason, I prefer to travel by car, especially when I am the driver.


What is one luxury you allow yourself when you go "on tour" with a book?


Nothing really comes to mind. If I am at a festival event, I like to buy books.


What book (aside from your own) will you have with you in your bag while you travel to the location of your IFOA Ontario reading?


My dates are about a month away, so I?m not sure what I?ll be reading then. Right now, there are three books on my night table: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, The O?Briens by Peter Behrens, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. That last one, a favourite, will be a re-read.

Visit litontour.com for more details about IFOA Ontario.

Nicole Lundrigan is the critically acclaimed author of four previous novels, including Glass Boys, which received glowing reviews and was a NOW magazine top 10 and an Amazon.ca top 100 book of the year. Unraveling Arva was selected as a Globe and Mail top ten, and Thaw was longlisted for the Relit Award. Lundrigan presents her latest novel, The Widow Tree, which finds three teenagers facing life-altering consequences after they conceal a valuable discovery in a small village in post-war Yugoslavia.

For more information about The Widow Tree please visit the Douglas & McIntyre website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at the publisher, Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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