Winnipeg, May 26, 2016—The winner of the 2016 Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, Martha Brooks, will read from her poignant memoir, Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance, at the Brandon Public Library on May 31, 2016.
WHO: An award-winning novelist, playwright, and jazz singer, Martha Brooks is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Letters to Brian is her first book for adult readers. She lives in Winnipeg.
WHAT: Martha Brooks reads from her memoir, Letters to Brian, a series of daily love letters written to her husband Brian following his death from brain cancer. Over the course of the year, Martha learns how to embrace her grief and reconnect with life. Funny, shattering, and uplifting, Letters to Brian wrestles with the crucial question of how to continue a lifelong romance once your lover is gone.
Books for purchase and signing will be available after the reading.
WHERE: Brandon Public Library
WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 2 p.m.
WHY: “We are sadly negligent as a society in not recognizing the simple yet profound notion that loss through death can touch us in ways that heal,” says Governor General Award winner Martha Brooks. “Sitting with grief is a sacred and transforming experience that, rather than weakening us, strengthens our humanity.”