Angie Abdou

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:30pm - 10:30pm

Breathing Lessons author Andy Sinclair will discuss his latest book with Fernie’s own Angie Abdou, in the new Fernie Distillery.

Breathing Lessons is a bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction. Of the book, Angie Abdou says "Readers will recognize themselves in these brave and daring scenes, even when they least want to.

In her latest book, Abdou combines revealing personal stories with careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussions, and family pressures to offer a thoughtful look at the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom becomes available on Sept 4. Join in celebrating at Polar Peek Books! I know it's the first day of school and I promise not to keep you too long. Come help launch this book in Fernie style!

A game-changing book on Canada’s contributions to sport literature, Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature edited by Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp to be released May 30, 2018.

Published by Brindle and Glass and available to order from Polar Peek Books and Treasures.

In 2011, my first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist in CBC’s national book program called Canada Reads. NHL celebrity Georges Laraque defended The Bone Cage in the debates that aired on Jian Ghomeshi’s Q. The whole thing was an incredible thrill – especially my moment on stage at the Toronto launch. There I stood between (gorgeous) Georges Laraque and (very handsome) Jian Ghomeshi, while Jian insisted “I am not short!” and Georges and I looked down and replied “Actually, you kind of are.” The whole thing was – to put it simply – so freaking fun!

I write this column as I fly home from Burlington, Vermont where I attended The Face of the Game, a symposium held in conjunction with the Women’s Hockey World Championships at the University of Vermont. The panel on which I participated focused on representations of women in hockey literature, and my own discussion centred on Cara Hedley’s Twenty Miles, the first Canadian novel to feature women’s hockey.

Workbook is an aphrodisiac. Better than raw oysters.

On February 6 Valerie Compton and Rosemary Nixon will be speaking at the Fernie Heritage Library about their recently released books: acclaimed novels that also work as emotionally heightened meditations on motherhood and loss.

For and Against is my favourite kind of poetry collection. Rather than hiding behind clever postmodern tricks, McCartney takes personal risks and delivers meaty poems with emotional heft. She, to steal a phrase from Hemingway, writes hard and clear about what hurts.