Monday, May 21, 7pm
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
co-sponsored by Rain Taxi, Birchbark Books, and Literary Witnesses
Join us as we welcome the internationally acclaimed author Michael Ondaatje to present his latest work, Warlight: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II. Ondaatje will be in conversation with the Twin Cities’ own Louise Erdrich, with a reception and book signing to follow.
This event is free and open to the public—
not to be missed!
Doors open at 6:30. PARKING is available in the Plymouth Church lot, the Plymouth Church reserved spots in the lot of the Hardware Store across the street on Groveland and Nicollet, and the spots in the PPL lot across Nicollet from the church, as well as in the Park Nicollet clinic lost across Franklin and Blaisdell (after 6 pm). See HERE for a map of these lots near Plymouth Church.
In 1945, just after World War II, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore. They suspect their caretaker, a mysterious figure named The Moth, might be a criminal, and they grow more convinced as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared secret history, all of whom seem determined now to protect Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand, and it is this journey through facts, recollection, and imagination that makes this latest masterwork from Ondaatje as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ondaatje is the acclaimed author of seven novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.