'Crime fiction queen' to visit Brandon Library

Author Gail Bowen to visit city as part of tour with her her latest bestseller, A Darkness of the Heart.

Often called "the queen of Canadian crime fiction," Gail Bowen will visit the Brandon Public Library this Saturday (Oct. 6) for a free presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m .

Bowen's presentation will consist of a reading from her latest bestseller, A Darkness of the Heart, followed by a book signing.

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Bowen's most famous contribution to Canadian literature is her ongoing Joanne Kilbourne series, of which A Darkness of the Heart is the latest instalment. Joanne Kilbourn, the eponymous star, is a feisty female detective who lives and works in Regina, Sask. The series holds a special place in the hearts of Prairie-dwelling mystery fans because of its distinctly local content.

For instance, in Deadly Appearances, the first book in the series, Joanne Kilbourne tackles the mysterious murder of a newly-elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. A Darkness of the Heart delves deep into Joanne Kilbourne’s personal and family life when Joanne discovers the man she thought was her father was in fact her biological father’s best friend.

It must be emphasized that Gail Bowen’s status as a bestselling author is not due strictly to her using the Prairies as the setting for her writing. She also enjoys a generous smattering of critical acclaim, most recently receiving the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2018. Bowen – like her heroin – lives and works in Regina.

Bowen’s Oct. 6 reading takes place in the Program Room of the Brandon Public Library. The library is located at 710 Rosser Avenue, Unit 1, inside the Town Centre.

The program is free, but seating is limited, so fans are encouraged to arrive in plenty of time.

For more information, please phone the library at 204-727-6648, or email them at info@wmrl.ca.

              

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