Sheryl McKay, host of CBC Radio's North by Northwest, will join Claire Mulligan for the onstage discussion. "Claire Mulligan is well known for her award-winning short fiction. It is, however, her stunning first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim (Brindle & Glass, 2007), that has dramatically upped her profile. The genre known as historical fiction presents the writer with a couple of fundamental challenges. Getting the history right is obviously paramount, but equally important is bringing that history to life through the creation of compelling characters and well-constructed plot. Mulligan, in her evocative, triangular tale of obsession, love, loss and gold fever, has got it right on both counts. The book is set in British Columbia in the 1860s during the frenzied rush for gold. Dreamers and schemers from around the world came to challenge the Cariboo Wagon Trail, the only way to get to Barkerville, the rainbow’s end. The novel brings to life a fascinating chapter in the history of British Columbia.
Claire Mulligan, a graduate of UBC, currently lives in Pennsylvania. She is already at work on a second historical novel." (christiguc)