Join us for the launch of local author Annette Lapointe’s You Are Not Needed Now (2017), a short story collection published by Anvil Press. In what promises to be an enlivening and enriching afternoon, Lapointe will read from her works and discuss the passion and commitment to writing that has led her to produce award-winning fictions. Held in conjunction with the Grande Prairie Regional College.
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Rotary Community Room
Lapointe was born on the coldest day of 1978 in Saskatoon. She lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John’s, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and South Korea before migrating to Grande Prairie, AB, where it’s cold most of the time but the wildlife comes right up to the door and asks to come in. She has published two award-winning novels: Stolen (2006) and Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012). Lapointe completed her PhD in Contemporary Literature in 2010. She now teaches literature and creative writing at Grande Prairie Regional College and edits The Waggle magazine.
In her latest book, You Are Not Needed Now, stories run back and forth across the boundary of the strange. The dead drop by during the night, just to cry and watch television. A pregnant woman finds body parts while cleaning out a neighbour’s house. A laid-off sex worker discovers the potential of square-dance clothes. A cross-country bus trip hookup turns permanent. Some parents can’t be trusted with dentistry. A Sunday school class falls in love with their teacher. A civil servant’s love of home decor websites leads to sex crimes. A single father is attacked by porcupines. S&M fetishists help rescue an apartment full of small creatures, but not, unfortunately, the goldfish. An arsonist is given too many stuffed animals. And then there’s the severed hands. (from the author’s website: http://annettelapointe.com/ )
Though Lapointe’s stories are often disturbing, in an interview with the Daily Herald Tribune she notes the potential for any sense of unease they create to be tempered: “I think, to be realistic, we have to go into some dark places and I hope that some people appreciate the honesty of that...Bad things happen to my characters, but they live through them.”