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Nightwood Author Andrew Binks Reads in Ottawa

Posted: July 28, 2010

Celebrate Pride with a reading and book signing for Nightwood author Andrew Binks' novel  The Summer Between, at Chapters Rideau (47 Rideau Street, Ottawa) on Saturday, August 28th from 1pm-4pm.

Like his attempts to swim over the dark water of the river that lies between him and the object of his affections, twelve year- 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.

“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

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.