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Persephone's Children: A Life in Fragments

co-winner of the 2022 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

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After years of secrecy and silence, Rowan McCandless leaves an abusive relationship and rediscovers her voice and identity through writing.

She was never to lie to him. She was never to leave him; and she was never supposed to tell.

Persephone’s Children chronicles Rowan McCandless’s odyssey as a Black, biracial woman escaping the stranglehold of a long-term abusive relationship. Through a series of thematically linked and structurally inventive essays, McCandless explores the fraught and fragmented relationship between memory and trauma. Multiple mythologies emerge to bind legacy and loss, motherhood and daughterhood, racism and intergenerational trauma, mental illness and resiliency.

It is only in the aftermath that she can begin to see the patterns in her history, hear the echoes of oppression passed down from unknown, unnamed ancestors, and discover her worth and right to exist in the world.

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Persephone’s Children is on CBC’s list of new nonfiction 56 works of Canadian nonfiction coming out in fall 2021. 

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David Bergen and Rowan McCandless among this year’s Manitoba Book Award winners

Canadian authors David Bergen, left, and Rowan McCandless are among the winners for the 2022 Manitoba Book Awards. (Thies Bogner, Tessa Vallittu)

David Bergen and Rowan McCandless are among the winners of the 2022 Manitoba Book Awards, 11 separate awards that recognize the best in Manitoba writing, book design, publishing and illustration.

Bergen’s novel Out of Mind won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

In Out of MindDavid Bergen delves into the psyche of Lucille Black, mother, grandmother, lover, psychiatrist, and analyst of self, who first appeared in Bergen’s bestselling novel The Matter with Morris.

Bergen has written 10 novels and two collections of short stories. The Winnipeg author won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between in 2005. He was also a finalist in 2002 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for the book The Case of Lena S. His novel The Age of Hope was defended by Ron MacLean on Canada Reads in 2013. 

McCandless’s nonfiction book Persephone’s Children is a co-winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. She shares the award win with the book We Are All Perfectly Fine by Winnipeg physician and writer Jillian Horton.

Persephone’s Children chronicles Rowan McCandless’s odyssey as a Black biracial woman escaping the stranglehold of a long-term abusive relationship. Through a series of thematically linked and structurally inventive essays, including a contract, a crossword puzzle, and a metafictional TV script, McCandless explores the fraught and fragmented relationship between memory and trauma.

Rowan McCandless is a writer from Winnipeg. She has won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize and has been longlisted for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Also among the winners is the bestselling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars by Manitoba author and educator Tasha Spillett-Sumner, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award.

I Sang You Down from the Stars is a story of birth and creation for younger readers. Using poetic language and  watercolours, the picture book uses Indigenous creation stories and traditional teachings to celebrate nature and the bond behind mother and child.

You can see the full list of winners below.

  • Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction: Dadibaajim by Helen Olsen Agger 
  • Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book: (co-winners) Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandlessWe Are All Perfectly Fine by Jillian Horton
  • Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award: Mont Blanc-Winnipeg Express by Seream
  • John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award: Chimwemwe Undi
  • Lansdowne Prize for Poetry: The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson
  • Manuela Dias Book Design Award: Warehouse Journal Volume Thirty edited by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, design by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons
  • Manuela Dias Book Design Award Illustration Award: You Came From My Heart by Brenlee Coates, illustrations & design by Roberta Landreth
  • Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction: (co-winners) Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson; Prodigies by Bob Armstrong
  • Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher: ​​Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, design by Vincent Design, published by University of Manitoba Press 
  • Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction: So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald
  • McNally Robinson Book for Young PeopleI Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
  • ​​​​​McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award: Out of Mind by David Bergen

Corrections

  • This post has been updated to reflect that the co-winners for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction include Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson and Prodigies by Bob Armstrong.
    Jun 13, 2022 12:27 PM ET

 

 

 

 

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Rowan McCandless, Katherena Vermette & Clayton Thomas-Müller among finalists for 2022 Manitoba Book Awards

Rowan McCandless, Katherena Vermette & Clayton Thomas-Müller are finalists for the 2022 Manitoba Book Awards. (Tessa Vallittu, Vanda Fleury, CBC)

Rowan McCandless, Katherena Vermette, and Clayton Thomas-Müller are among the finalists for 2022 Manitoba Book Awards.

The 11 awards celebrate local books, writers, publishers, and designers and illustrators.

Persephone’s Children chronicles Rowan McCandless’s odyssey as a Black biracial woman escaping the stranglehold of a long-term abusive relationship. Through a series of thematically linked and structurally inventive essays, including a contract, a crossword puzzle, and a metafictional TV script, McCandless explores the fraught and fragmented relationship between memory and trauma.

Rowan McCandless is a writer from Winnipeg. She has won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize and has been longlisted for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. 

 

 

A breathtaking companion to her bestselling debut, Vermette’s The Strangers brings readers into the dynamic world of the Stranger family, examining the strength of their bond, the shared pain in their past, and the light that beckons from the horizon. This is a searing exploration of race, class, inherited trauma, and matrilineal bonds that refuse to be broken. 

The Strangers won the 2021 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer living in Winnipeg. Her other books include the poetry collections North End Love Songs and river woman, the novel The Break and the four-book graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo.

Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Müller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility through his book Life in the City of Dirty Water

Life in the City of Dirty Water was a finalist on Canada Reads 2022.

​​Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. He’s campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with numerous organizations for social and environmental justice. Life in the City of Dirty Water is his first book.

In Out of MindDavid Bergen delves into the psyche of Lucille Black, mother, grandmother, lover, psychiatrist, and analyst of self, who first appeared in Bergen’s bestselling novel The Matter with Morris.

David Bergen has written 10 novels and two collections of short stories. He won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between in 2005. He was also a finalist in 2002 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for the book The Case of Lena S. His novel The Age of Hope was defended by Ron MacLean on Canada Reads in 2013. 

The winners will be announced on June 9, 2022.

You can see the complete shortlists below.

The finalists for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction are: 

  • Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger
  • Manitobaines engagées by Lise Gaboury-Diallo and Michelle Smith
  • Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless
  • Returning to Ceremony: Spirituality in Manitoba Métis Communities by Chantal Fiola
  • We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton

The finalists for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award are: 

  • Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford
  • Mont Blanc-Winnipeg Express by Seream
  • Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle by Ty Dilello
  • Scofflaw by Garry Thomas Morse
  • The Strangers by Katherena Vermette

The finalists for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book are: 

The finalists of the John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award are: 

  • Wren Brian 
  • Joanna Graham 
  • Teresa Horosko 
  • Sam K MacKinnon 
  • Chimwemwe Undi

The finalists for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry are: 

  • Cattail Skyline by Joanne Epp
  • L’ivresse fragile de l’aube by Laurent Poliquin
  • Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin
  • The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson
  • The World Is Mostly Sky by Sarah Ens

The Book Design finalists for the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards are: 

  • Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil
  • Ex Nihilo by E.D. Blodgett & J.R. Léveillé, cover & interior design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens
  • Frame by Frame: An Animator’s Journey by Co Hoedeman, cover & interior design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens
  • Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley & Michael Matthews, cover & interior design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens
  • Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell, cover & interior art by Carrielynn Victor, interior design by Jennifer Lum
  • Warehouse Journal Volume Thirty edited by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, design by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons

The Children’s Illustration finalists for the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards are:

  • Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii by Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson, illustrations & cover art by Janine Gibbons, design by Jennifer Lum, map by John Broadhead
  • Molly’s Magic Door by Kirstin Link, illustrations & design by Jason Doll
  • The Wolf Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations & cover art by Natasha Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience
  • We Dream Medicine Dreams written & illustrated by Lisa Boivin, design by Jennifer Lum
  • You Came From My Heart by Brenlee Coates, illustrations & design by Roberta Landreth

The finalists for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction are: 

The finalists for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher are: 

  • Coming to Canada by Starkie Mak, design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press 
  • Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, design by Vincent Design, published by University of Manitoba Press Double Wahala, 
  • Double Trouble by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, cover design by Fred Martins, interior design by Rachelle Painchaud-Nash, published by Griots Lounge Publishing
  • Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii by Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson, illustrations & cover art by Janine Gibbons, design by Jennifer Lum, map by John Broadhead, published by HighWater Press 
  • Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell, cover & interior art by Carrielynn Victor, interior design by Jennifer Lum, published by HighWater Press 
  • The Frog Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations & cover art by Natasha Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press

The finalists for the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction are: 

  • Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction edited by Darren Ridgley & Adam Petrash
  • Manistique by Craig Terlson
  • Prodigies by Bob Armstrong
  • So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald
  • The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford: A Father Christmas Mystery by C.C. Benison

The finalists for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People are: 

The finalists for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award are: 

 

 

 

 

2022 Manitoba Book Awards (2 nominations)

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for non-fiction

 

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Excerpt

Today

Today, you will pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed. Today, you will pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed to let the dog out to relieve himself. Today, you will pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed to let the dog out to relieve himself before giving him breakfast. Today, you will pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed to let the dog out to relieve himself before giving him breakfast and you will go to the bathroom: to floss and brush and generally wash up, and dry your hands with a handful of tissues. Today, you will pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed to let the dog out to relieve himself before giving him breakfast and you will go to the bathroom: to floss and brush and generally wash up, and dry your hands with a handful of tissues because the laundry hasn’t been done for who knows how many days, which is another task that you should must add to your ever-growing to-do list, that must be recorded once you return to the kitchen with an island and an open view, and stacks of dirty dishes piled high next to the sink.Today you triple pinky-promise to pull back the blankets and crawl out of bed to let the dog out to relieve himself before giving him breakfast before going to the bathroom to floss and brush and generally wash up, before drying your hands with a handful of tissues because clean laundry is lacking because it hasn’t been done for who knows how many days, which is another task that you should must add to your ever-growing to-do list, once you return to the kitchen with an island and an open view, and stacks of dirty dishes piled high next to the sink, and have a chai latte and a bowl of muesli kissed with soy milk, which is followed by morning meds because you’ve been told that consistency and routine are both really important, which then reminds you that today is shower day which always feels like a monumental task, so it’s suck it up, buttercup as you return to the tiny washroom and turn on the shower allowing the water to warm while you remove your clothing, before climbing into the tub and huddling under the shower head to shampoo and condition greasy locks and to lather up your body with a bar of lavender soap — rinse and repeat, repeat and rinse, repeat before turning off the tap to exit the shower to towel off and to put on your cotton bathrobe with the hole in one pocket before heading to your bedroom where you will try to find within the land mine of dirty clothing something suitable to wear because you have yet to contend with the laundry which presents quite the quandary, cleanliness is important, is next to godliness, is part of doing the basics of ADL: the Activities of Daily Living you use to rebuild a life that has been broken into fugitive pieces that you lug around each day like chunks of fractured concrete because there’s no way to hold back the intrusive thoughts, intrusive thoughts which flash like a strobe lamp light that you try to ignore but can’t seem to deflect as you dress because it’s like playing a losing game of whack-a-mole, so today you try to distract by sitting down lying down sitting down with your laptop at a desk that you rarely use to try and right write five four three two hundred words for the day which is pretty bad good consider- ing that some hours, days, weeks are more difficult than the rest, you mediate medicate meditate medicate to centre yourself even though all you want to do is lie down in bed to take a nap that lasts forever because every day is as frustrating exhausting as the one just past, which really doesn’t matter because now the dog wants needs to go four for a walk which means changing out of your schleps into something more lamentable presentable, not that you really care because the fact is you haven’t cared for so very long you can hardly barely rarely remember the last time when you cared, which might prove that M was right when he would tell you that he had a better memory than you did, thoughts a tape which constantly consistently plays on rewind and repeat, rewind and repeat inside your head — that or another one of his Greatest Hits that serenade and loop-de-loop inside your brain, (with a beat) beating you senseless, but the dog stares and doesn’t care, okay, well maybe he cares profoundly a little but certainly not as much as he’s invested in going for his walk which he reminds you of by barking at every goddamn person he spies through the window and so you place the dog on his leash, put on your Docs and your spring jacket, and then you take him for a walk to and through the neighbourhood park that’s a few blocks away from your place while trying not to be annoyed as the dog pulls on the leash, eager to sniff every interesting odour that might come his way as you walk through a tree-lined park before it’s time to head back in and take off your shoes and unleash the dog, who runs right in and parks his ninety-five-pound frame upon the couch, and while he barks, you make a lunch because regimens are of great importance and your stomach is growling, so you slap together a sandwich which you eat off the TV tray because you find it un- comfortable to eat meals at the dining room table after all those horrible Sundays spent being lectured by M at your white Ikea dining room table, which now acts as your writing desk where, sometimes, you will sit and write but write right now it is time for lunch while the dog sits on the carpet in front of you and gives the look of Please, oh pretty please, can I have just one taste?, which you know you shouldn’t, but still do anyways because he’s been your constant companion since getting out of your relationship with M, and once you’ve both had your fill you will try to read a book which will be hit or miss depending on the day, depending on the workings of your brain, a nervous system overload that makes consecration concentration hell, and so you stack the dirty dishes inside the dishwasher, press pots and pans, press normal cycle and listen, as another cycle begins, and you go back to that blank page to try cry and finish those five, four, three, two, one hundred words from a few hours ago before you lie down in frustration exhaustion on the sofa bed to answer emails and the call of procrastination before you have to fight a losing battle with heavy eyelids which means that when you awake it’s too late to make a meal for yourself, and so you go ahead and place a delivery order of fried rice with tofu and broccoli in a black-bean sauce because you haven’t really cook cooked or bake half-baked since you went and left M, and the slog that feels like forever because there’s still no divorce or remorse recourse for the harm he has wrought as you turn over in bed thinking, tomorrow, tomorrow, you will get out of bed.

Reviews

 

In Persephone’s Children, Rowan McCandless redefines what’s possible with creative nonfiction. She shows us how many ways one person’s story can be told and re-told, how many entry points there can be, and therefore, how many ways we can reflect on what makes each of us who we are. Her use of form is sometimes surprising, often ingenious, and always wondrous. This is a book that you will revisit again and again, always finding new moments of insight as you track the kaleidoscopic shifting McCandless effortlessly dazzles us with. ― Alicia Elliott author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

Persephone’s Children is a book like no other — a beautifully strange collection that defies literary conventions and dazzles with ingenuity and vitality. With luminous, lyrical prose, Rowan McCandless boldly tells the story of her rise from an abusive relationship, weaves the historical with the deeply personal, and explores themes of identity, religion, colonialism, mental illness, and racism. Rowan McCandless is a fierce writer, and her writing will move and haunt you. ― Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Art of Leaving

Rowan McCandless is a masterful storyteller. These compelling offerings create a spell-binding book of revelations — riveting, inspiring, and enchanting. Brimming with lush language and a powerful voice, full of sentences crafted with surgical precision and captivating pages containing soul-soaring insight, this memoir ushers in an exhilarating era for readers and writers everywhere. ― Eufemia Fantetti author of My Father, Fortune-tellers & Me: A Memoir

In Persephone’s Children, Rowan McCandless innovates, challenges, and dares. Here is an interrogation on race, kinship, history, and future, told with a poetic whimsy that refuses boundaries of genre and theme. McCandless’s writing is incisive and inventive, a true literary gift. A brilliant, meditative, necessary book. ― Jenny Heijun Wills, author of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: A Memoir

In Persephone’s Children, Rowan McCandless brilliantly mimics the way memory can fragment during trauma by recounting her own experiences through a variety of experimental forms. Essays housed as archaeological field notes, a quiz, a tree guide, a screenplay, and — my favourite — notes on a con game, weave together divergent reflections of her life as a biracial woman and a survivor within oppressive societal structures. Bold, inventive, and lyrical, this debut introduces McCandless as a courageous writer who is most definitely one to watch. ― Lauren Carter, author of This Has Nothing to Do With You

In Persephone’s Children, Rowan McCandless stands up and says, “Enough!” And in the process of disentangling herself from relationships of abuse, she reinvents herself to reclaim herself. She sets boundaries that center her needs as a form of self-love. With these raw, real, and personal stories, she constitutes a statue of her personhood — humanizing herself — blending her scars with her strengths and her vision for herself, rejecting the lies that had previously depicted her as lesser than. In Persephone’s Children, McCandless rises and becomes a revolutionary scaffold that centers her Self. Her own healing and self-validation: a form of resistance. She takes control of her story and tells it in her own way. She reminds us that it is okay to love yourself and to lose yourself in your own embrace. And in that cradle, she deconstructs her form, rebuilding it into something that makes more sense to her. In her defiance, she forces us to not only behold her story but storytelling as a whole, creating the conditions for us to also dissect our literary instincts and other borders of abuse that have colonized our bodies and minds. Though Persephone’s Children may be her life in fragments, McCandless inspires readers to also experiment with their own lives in order to create beyond the limits of the forces that have for far too long told us to sit down, shut up, and follow the rules. ― Julián Esteban Torres López, creator of The Nasiona and author of Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins: A Micro-Poetry Collection

Women understand the story of Persephone, abducted by her uncle Hades while her mother Demeter’s grief creates a winter where nothing grows — each of us is Persephone. Rowan McCandless fled an abusive marriage but it meant leaving a beloved garden behind and she still negotiates with the systemic racism that confines her every day. But she brought these essays up out of the underworld, each one a gleaming pomegranate seed. Deftly written and structurally innovative, Persephone’s Children is a heartbreaking debut. ― Ariel Gordon, author of Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests

In these dazzlingly inventive essays, Rowan McCandless doesn’t just play with traditional forms, she blows right past them to fashion an aching account of trauma and survival. I needed to read this utterly original, gorgeous book — and so do you. ― Kathy Friedman, co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops, and author of All the Shining People

 A powerful, moving book.

― Midwest Book Review

A powerful, moving book that will haunt you. ― suanneschaferauthor.com

 Winnipeg author Rowan McCandless’s glowing debut, Persephone’s Children, pushes the boundaries of memoir and personal essay… The result is a deeply moving literary life ‘in fragments.’

― Quill and Quire

Emotional connection for the reader. The invocation of the Persephone myth ties the material together. ― Winnipeg Free Press

[McCandless] doesn’t have the answers and she’s not meant to, which is what makes this thoughtful book so powerful. ― I’ve Read This

 

Innovative memoir on tap for book club

The Winnipeg Free Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to welcome award-winning Winnipeg author Rowan McCandless to the Free Press Book Club on Monday, March. 28 at 7 p.m. for a virtual discussion about her non-fiction debut, Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments., published by Rare Machines in October 2021.

The Black and biracial McCandless ponders ancestry, family, relationships, abuse and trauma throughout the pages of Persephone’s Children — themes often seen in memoirs. However, the structures she employs — crossword puzzles, movie scripts, surveys, advertisements, lists, and more — are sure to be unlike most memoirs Free Press Book Club members will have read.
In piecing together the text from these different literary devices, what emerges clearly from the structural experimentation in McCandless’ book is the trauma she has grappled with from abusive ex-partners, the manipulation and oppression she has encountered both by her exes and her parents and the growing pains associated with entering and exiting those relationships.

In the Winnipeg Free Press review of Persephone’s Children, Maurice Mierau noted that “there are few of the scenes that we encounter in more traditional memoirs, but there is still narrative momentum and emotional connection for the reader. The invocation of the Persephone myth ties the material together,” and the book’s closing section “compellingly grounds the story in Winnipeg neighbourhoods and streets.”

The Free Press Book Club is free to join at any time — simply visit the website at wfp.to/bookclub and register your email address to receive updates and information about current and future books and meetings. Replays of all previous meetings are accessible on the Free Press YouTube channel, and copies of Persephone’s Children are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Book club members who are Winnipeg Free Press subscribers are also entered to win a monthly prize pack which includes the following month’s book pick and a Free Press tote bag.

To send in questions for Rowan McCandless about Persephone’s Children or for more information about the book club, email bookclub@winnipegfreepress.com.

 

 

Author tackles tough subjects in new book

River Heights author Rowan McCandless’s eldest daughter issued her a challenge to make use of her creativity.