Matt Duggan with Greg Berg
The Red River College Creative Arts Department
with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Matt Duggan • February 4 • 10 a.m • Room P107 • 160 Princess Street • Red River College Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus
Matt Duggan with Greg Berg • February 4 • 7 p.m. • Aqua Books • 274 Garry St.
Matt Duggan graduated from Churchill High School and yet he is delighted to be visiting Winnipeg to read from his most recent novel Cherry Electra. His previous novel, The Royal Woods, is a tall tale for children set in a new suburban subdivision of a prairie city. It was nominated for The Moonbeam Award and the Silver Birch Award. Cherry Electra is about a dirty cottage weekend that culminates in murder. Quill and Quire call it “a satisfying bit of cottage-country gothic”, and the Toronto Star says it “has the delirious quality of a wreck recollected”, and claims that “it’s rare to come across something that is both so sadly astute and so infectiously, vibrantly witty.” The Globe and Mail depicts the novel as “a drug fuelled fratricide” and listed it as one of the Top One Hundred Books of 2010. An anonymous blogger on Amazon call it “one of the most un-Canadian novels I have ever read.” The Winnipeg Free Press didn’t seem to care for the book at all. Cherry Electra is essentially a love story. Matt Duggan teaches high school in Toronto and writes in his basement.
Greg Berg is a transplanted Saskatchewanian living in Manitoba. He is also an aspiring YA writer and full-time communications student upgrading his skills to reenter the working world. He likes CBC, PBS, IFC and enjoys making, and occasionally drinking, different varieties of wine.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.
Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada,
qui a investi 20,1 millions de dollars l’an dernier dans les lettres et l’édition à travers le Canada.