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Binks to Read at Spike the Punch Cabaret at Kingston Writer's Fest

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:56am

Andrew Binks, author of The Summer Between, will be reading at the Spike the Punch Cabaret at the Kingston Writer's Festival at the Kingston Holiday Inn on Friday, September 25 at 11:00pm. The host will be Billeh Nickerson, and other readers include: D. J. Berger, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Jennifer
Londry, Mariko Tamaki and Jeanette Lynes.

Andrew Binks has worked, written, acted and taught across the globe, from Fringe Festival solo shows, to the Stratford Festival, to Da Vinci’s Inquest, to modeling in Paris, to teaching business English in Japan. A finalist in the Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Contest and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Andrew’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Xtra, and Prism International. The Summer Between is Andrew’s first novel.

“Most of the year I don’t want to know the months not going by. I don’t see the reason for winter and all the waiting for the snow and ice to melt. So I draw pictures of the beach and the boats. And us. The pictures are never any good. I fold them away where no one can find them. Even so it all makes it take even longer.”
—The Summer Between

“Andrew Binks captures, with such authenticity, the adolescent summer we all go through that stretches from not knowing to knowing … a Canadian coming of age story that is pointed, tender and often funny.”
—Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio

Like his attempts to swim over the dark water of the river that lies between him and the object of his affections, twelveyear- old Dougaldo Montmigny struggles against oppression, homophobia and racism to realise his love for Tomahawk Clark, a thirteen-year-old Metis boy, during a summer destined to become a painful lesson on love and desire.

Like sailors becalmed on idyllic ships, this story is a subtle revelation of the emotional turmoil that lies beneath a bewitchingly deceptive picture of perfection. The Summer Between is a metaphor for the struggles and rewards of living where origins, tempests and landscape inform our collective soul.

In the spirit of Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha and Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story, readers will be moved by the touching circumstances of this innocent narrative.