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Here’s something we’re VERY excited about. You are invited to attend An Evening With Jane Urquhart, the preeminent Canadian novelist, poet and short story writer. This is a unique opportunity to meet the author 7 p.m. Friday, January 14, Ms. Urquhart has graciously accepted an invitation to come for cocktails followed by a reading from her books thereafter. There is no admission fee, although donations to Branch 187 would be gratefully accepted.

Ms. Urquhart is the author of six internationally acclaimed novels. The Whirlpool received the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Away, was winner of the Trillium Award and a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Underpainter won the Governor General’s Award and was a finalist for the Rogers Communications Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The Stone Carvers was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, and longlisted for the Booker Prize. A Map of Glass was a finalist for a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book.

She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and four books of poetry, I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace, False Shuffles, The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan, and Some Other Garden.

In 2007 she edited and published “The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories,” and in 2009 she published a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of Penguin’s “Extraordinary Canadians” series.