Leo Brent Robillard & Lorrie Jorgensen Co-Launch of their Book: The Road to Atlantis and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir

2015 14 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Leo Brent Robillard & Lorrie Jorgensen Co-Launch of their Book: The Road to Atlantis and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir

Octopus Books, Turnstone Press and Inanna Publications present a co-launch of Leo Brent Robillard and Lorrie Jorgensen's latest book: The Road to Atlantis (novel) and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir.

THE ROAD TO ATLANTIS: Following the coast on their summer vacation, the Henrys stop at the beach to break up the monotony of their road trip. Matty and Nat build castles in the sand as Anne and David take turns minding the children. A moment of distraction, a blink of the eye, and the life they know is swept away forever.

Like shipwrecks lost at sea, each member of the family sinks under the weight of their shared tragedy. All seems lost but life is long. There are many ways to heal a wound, there are many ways to form a family, and as the Henrys discover, there are many roads to Atlantis.

"A great read, beautifully constructed." --Sean Wilson, CBC All In A Day, book panel

FIRST GEAR: A MOTORCYCLE MEMOIR: a compelling story of childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse that unrolls as the author, at age 50 and living with Multiple Sclerosis, rides her 2009 Harley-Davidson — named Thelma D. — from Ottawa to Winnipeg and back with a stop off in northern Ontario and a detour into Quebec. During her ride through the stunning landscape of the Canadian Shield, she shares stories of her childhood growing up in the 1970s in the Ottawa Valley with her three brothers, a violent father and an alcoholic mother. Told with a frank openness and humour, First Gear is ultimately a story of courage, survival, and recovery.

"Told with searing honesty and peppered with vivid imagery, First Gear is a memoir that will leave you marvelling at Lorrie Jorgensen’s intelligence, generosity, and resilience. When I was a teenager, I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and learned much from it. And while Jorgensen’s tale is also a journey by bike, it goes far beyond the philosophical musings in Pirsig’s compelling work – because truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. Stranger. Fiercer. And ultimately, much more forceful. long after I turned the last page, this memoir has stayed with me. I often find myself musing about Lorrie’s teachings – about family, wisdom, friendship, self-reliance, and survival." —Rena Upitis, Professor of Arts Education, Queen’s University and President, Wintergreen Studios

ABOUT The Author

Leo Brent Robillard is an author and an educator. His work has appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies in Canada and abroad. He is a past recipient of the George Johnston Poetry Prize, the Ray Burell Award for Poetry and the Cold Steel Crime and Mystery Award. He is the author of three Turnstone Press novels, Leaving Wyoming,Houdini’s Shadow, and Drift. He lives, teaches, and writes in Ontario.

Check out Leo's blog: http://leobrentrobillard.blogspot.ca/.

A tradeswoman, teacher and artist for over 30 years, Lorrie Jorgensen loves working with her hands and creating art with found objects. Her passion is the almost 20 year journey of building a home on a private lake that she shares with her partner, four dogs and a cat. First Gear: A Motorcyle Memoir is her first published book.

7 PM
Wednesday, October 14 2015
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

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