Saturday, April 13, 2013

Author & Poet Harry Posner at Orangeville Public Library

150th Series: Author and Poet Harry Posner

Tuesday, April 23
Orangeville Public Library, Mill Street Branch - Meeting Room (lower level)

150th Series presents award-winning author and poet Harry Posner. Mr. Posner's novel Charivari was inspired by a poem that he will perform as a spoken word piece in honour of National Poetry Month. He will also read from his two novels highlighting the poetry inside the prose, and speak about the challenges and delights of writing a first novel.

Mr. Posner is a member of Words Aloud Poetry Collective, and is on the organizing committee of Wordstock: Collingwood’s Literary Festival. He enjoys poetry slams and is active in promoting poetry and other art forms in the community. Mr. Posner writes plays, film scripts, song lyrics and fiction for both adults and children.

In 1967’s ‘Summer of Love’ LBJ’s America is fighting a losing war in Vietnam, there are race riots in the streets, hippies are thrusting flowers into gun barrels, and LSD has just been declared an illegal substance. Professor of Psychiatry Thomas Quincy, disillusioned with his profession and his life, is at a crossroads. One of his patients has recently committed suicide, an echo twenty-two years later of his father’s death, a domineering father who was an absentee landlord, choosing his beloved circus over his family. When Thomas’ uncle gifts him with his father’s box of circus photographs, Thomas determines to track down members of the Quincy Circus troupe, gather their stories and through them come to terms with the man who was his father, and with his own deep wounds. His journey across the body of America ultimately becomes a search for simple human truths, and a meditation on the nature of identity, memory, and love. But is it too late, and at what cost?

Admission to this author appearance and book signing is free. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: Mill Street Branch - Meeting Room (lower level)
Author Harry Posner
Author Harry Posner