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Award-winning Author Michael Poole Reads at VPL!

Posted: January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007

Award-winning author of Romancing Mary Jane fame reads
at the Vancouver Public Library!

Join author Michael Poole for a reading and signing of his new book Rain Before Morning
($24.95, Harbour Publishing) at the Vancouver Public Library, Peter Kaye Room,
350 West Georgia, Vancouver, BC, on Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm.

Rain Before Morning is the saga of two young lovers, Nathan and Leah, who meet in the seaside hamlet of Silva Landing in 1913. Leah engages in a battle of wills with her mother, who feels she is too young for a serious relationship and ships her off to a convent school in Vancouver; Nathan wants a university education almost as much as he wants Leah.

Defying the strict morality of the day, they run off in Nathan’s kicker boat to spend a few scandalous months together along the idyllic rural coast before being banished to separate continents. But even the wild, convoluted Inside Passage cannot hide them forever—they are caught and taken back to Silva Landing. Leah is sent off to nursing school and then, when World War I breaks out, to a hospital near Etaples, France. Nathan, a conscientious objector, goes to work logging Sitka spruce on the central coast for a surly, tight-fisted gyppo logger. From opposite sides of the world, the lovers exchange letters when they can, living on hope and memories.

When Leah is discharged from her duties overseas and Nathan is injured in a horrific logging
accident, they are reunited in Silva Landing. But a new challenge awaits them—despite his best efforts, Nathan is conscripted into the Canadian army. The two young rebels find themselves engaged in a life-and-death conflict with their government and the Great War itself. Inspired by a real event, Rain Before Morning is a heart-rending tale with an evocative northwest coast setting reminiscent of David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars.

Michael Poole began his career as a copy runner for the Vancouver Sun before becoming a reporter. He earned a journalism degree in Virginia, USA, started in the film business in the sixties and went on to be a producer for CBC for ten years. He then worked as a freelance filmmaker, spending two decades producing documentaries with David Suzuki. His previous books are Ragged Islands: A Journey by Canoe Through the Inside Passage (short-listed for the Hubert Evans Prize) and Romancing Mary Jane: A Year in the Life of a Failed Marijuana Grower (Winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction). Poole now lives full-time on the Sunshine Coast, BC.

For more information please call the Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-4044 or e-mail