Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See our  line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Lethbridge for 2017....

Paul Butler – The Widow’s Fire

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Widow’s Fire

The Widow’s Fire explores the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel Persuasion, disrupting its happy ending and throwing moral certainties off balance. We join the action close to the moment when Austen draws away for the last time and discretely gives an overview of the oncoming marriage between heroine Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. This, it transpires in The Widow’s Fire, is merely the beginning of a journey. Soon dark undercurrents disturb the order and symmetry of Austen’s world. The gothic flavor of the period, usually satirized by Austen, begins to assert itself. Characters far below the notice of Anne, a baronet’s daughter, have agendas of their own. Before long, we enter into the realm of scandal and blackmail. Anne Elliot must come to recognize the subversive power of those who have been hitherto invisible to her — servants, maids and attendants — before she can defend her fiancé from an accusation too dreadful to be named. Captain Wentworth himself must learn the skills of living on land; the code of honour and secrecy which has protected him on deck no longer applies on the streets of Bath.

  • Fiction
  • Historical

Paul Butler

Paul Butler is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is The Widow’s Fire (2017). His work has appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008, he won the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee. He currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.