This Has Nothing To Do With You launches in Winnipeg

McNally Robinson and Freehand Books present the launch for This Has Nothing To Do With You, the fourth book by celebrated Manitoba author Lauren Carter. Join Carter on October 19 at 7:30pm at McNally Robinson (Grant Park - Travel Alcove (120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg) for a reading, discussion and book signing. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

This Has Nothing To Do With You

When Melony Barnett’s mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling with the loss of her parents and her future. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent, trying to carve out a life that has nothing to do with her past, before returning to her Northern Ontario home and adopting a rescue dog—a mastiff with a tragic history. As she struggles to help the dog heal and repair her relationship with her brother, Matt, she begins to uncover layers of secrets about her family —secrets that were the fuel for her mother’s actions.

This Has Nothing to Do With You is a literary crime novel that follows a dynamic cast of characters, revealing the complexity of the bonds that are formed through trauma and grief—with siblings, lovers, friends, and dogs.

Lauren Carter
Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter is the author of four books including the novels This Has Nothing To Do With You and Swarm and the poetry collections Following Sea and Lichen Bright. Swarm was on CBC’s list of 40 novels that could change Canada. In 2014, her short story “Rhubarb” won top place in the Prairie Fire fiction prize and appeared in the annual Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf). Her work has also been nominated for the Journey Prize and longlisted multiple times for the CBC Literary Prizes in both poetry and fiction while also earning multiple grants, including the Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Award, given to Manitoba artists whose creative work shows “exceptional quality and accomplishment.” She grew up in Blind River, ON, and has lived in the Greater Toronto Area and The Pas, MB. She currently resides in St. Andrews, MB.

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Freehand Books acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Book Fund, and the Alberta Media Fund.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • 7:30pm
  • McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, 120 Grant ave
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba

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