A powerful, heartrending novel about a man on the run from himself—by Governor’s General Award–winning author Kate Pullinger.
Governor General’s Literary Award winner, Kate Pullinger, writes for both print and digital platforms. Her new novel, Forest Green, a story about a logger who works in the forests of British Columbia, comes out in August 2020. Her most recent digital fiction, Breathe, a ghost story that knows where you are, is available for free on your phone. It was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize in 2019.
Kate's novel Landing Gear was published in 2014. Landing Gear takes the story told in Pullinger's collaborative multimedia digital work, co-created with Chris Joseph, Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, and develops it further. Also in 2014, Pullinger collaborated with novelist and theatre-maker Neil Bartlett to create the digital war memorial, Letter to an Unknown Soldier. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and inspired by the statue of the unknown soldier on Platform One of Paddington Train Station in London, this project inspired 22,000 people to write letters to the unknown soldier. A selection of these letters was published in a book of the same name.Read more
CBC’s Shelagh Rogers interviewed Kate for The Next Chapter. In this 17 minute conversation, they talk about FOREST GREEN, family stories, logging, and memory.
“Forest Green is loosely based on my uncle Art, my mother’s brother. He spent most of his life, after he served his time in the army during the Second World War, as a logger in logging camps moving around the province. He was a larger-than-life character in my childhood who would only make occasional appearances. But he would always arrive with a great flurry — with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of whiskey — and a great fuss would always be made of him.”
Click here to listen to the interview in full.
Toronto International Festival of Authors – TIFA – Bearing Witness: Kate Pullinger and Helen Humphreys
22 October at 1 pm Vancouver / 4pm Toronto/ 9pm London
Canadian authors Kate Pullinger and Helen Humphreys will discuss how bearing witness, homelessness and the long-term effects of trauma translate, as demonstrated in their latest novels, both set in the mid-twentieth century. In Forrest Green, Governor General Award-winning author Pullinger presents a man on the run from himself, first as a young golden boy and then as a Word War II soldier and eventually a nomadic working man who cannot believe he deserves love. In Rabbit Foot Bill, Harbourfront Festival Prize-winner Helen Humphreys introduces us to a lonely boy in a prairie town whose friendships and understanding of the world shatter before him when he witnesses a shocking murder. Don’t miss this special Festival opening night double interview.
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Culture Days, Kelowna Library, Kate Pullinger Author Talk
24 October at 1 pm Vancouver / 4 pm Toronto / 9 pm London
Kate Pullinger will read from and discuss her new novel FOREST GREEN
To hear Kate read, join online by finding the Zoom link here.
At TIFA, Kate will also be chairing an event with Aislinn Hunter and Sarah Leipciger on 1 November at 11:30 am Vancouver / 2:30 pm Toronto / 7:30 pm London