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Head for Higher Ground – Fran Kimmel In Conversation with Robin van Eck

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Head for Higher Ground – Fran Kimmel In Conversation with Robin van Eck

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This June marks 8 years since the devastating Calgary floods swept through the city.

Join Fran Kimmel, author of The Shore Girl and No Good Asking, for an in depth and intimate interview with Robin van Eck about her novel, Rough.

What Fran said after reading the book, “Rough is a gripping and frank portrayal of life on the streets, where suffering is the glue and secrets abound amid a string of deaths among the transient. When the river jumps the banks, eating the city’s downtown core as it goes, one man, homeless by choice, is forced to confront his past in order to save those he cares about. Visually rich and intense, Robin van Eck’s debut novel provides a deep reflection on humanity with all its grit and murk, hidden inside of a mystery. An eye-opening, haunting, and unforgettable read.”

This is a free event. Everyone welcome. Registration required.


Fran Kimmel writes and teaches in Central Alberta. Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada.

Fran’s debut novel, The Shore Girl, won the 2013 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and was selected as a Canada Reads Top 40 book. Her second book, No Good Asking, has become a book club favourite and is published internationally.

Robin van Eck writes fiction – literary, contemporary, horror, weird and offbeat, and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Very Much Alive: Stories of Resilience, LampLight Magazine, Woven Tales Press, Waiting Anthology (UofA Press, 2018), FreeFall Magazine, Freshwater Pearls Anthology (Recliner Books, 2011), Prairie Journal, Crack the Spine, Maudlin House, Minerva Rising, Alberta Views and various other online and print publications both in Canada and internationally.

She has a couple of stories forthcoming later this year: Fat Apocalypse will appear in Forbidden Fruit, from The Seventh Terrace, and Ill Nature will appear in WonderShift – Stories of Transformation and Change from the Alexandra Writers Centre.

Her first novel, Rough, was released in November 2020 with Stonehouse Publishing. Find out more at www.robinzvaneck.com


June 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm




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