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Virtual Author Event with Katie Tallo & Hannah Mary McKinnon

Join other book lovers from around Muskoka for a discussion with authors Katie Tallo and Hannah Mary McKinnon. They will be discussing their books: “Poison Lillies” and "Never Coming Home".

Books will be available for purchase before the event, and will be delivered to the library after the event. $15 for one book and $25 for both books.

Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

About the Authors
Katie Tallo

Katie grew up in the suburbs of Ottawa. An avid swimmer and movie-goer, she loved dreaming up plays for her friends to act out. She went to movie camp and took theatre workshops which eventually led to her landing the role of a spinster librarian in a grade eight school play…the pinnacle of her acting career.

After high school and a year traveling with the Katimavik youth program, Katie went on to study Film and English at Carleton University, TV Broadcasting at Algonquin College and filmmaking at the prestigious Summer Institute of Film and Television and Women in the Director’s Chair.

While studying and working in the restaurant business, she met and fell in love with a bartender. They married and had a daughter, Alexandra, who is now an elementary school teacher in Ottawa.

In the two decades that followed, Katie enjoyed an award-winning career as a screenwriter and director, collaborating on projects in animation, television and motion pictures. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, her films screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Sudbury Cinefest, Local Heroes International Film Festival and the NSI Film Exchange.

In 2013, Katie’s first-ever manuscript, Gone Monday, won top prize in the international Mslexia Women’s Novel Writing Competition. Buoyed by this unexpected success, and with her trusty golden retriever, Levi, by her side, Katie began writing another novel that was to become her publishing debut. The thriller Dark August is set in the Wellington West neighbourhood where she lives with her husband, Andy. The novel became an international bestseller and inspired a sequel. The follow-up to Dark August brings back her feisty protagonist for another cold case in the novel, Poison Lilies. Katie’s beloved Levi lives on in both novels.

Hannah Mary McKinnon

Hannah Mary McKinnon: INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SUSPENSE NOVELS

I was born in Manchester, UK to British & Swiss parents. A year later they moved my older sister and me to Switzerland. Rather unsurprisingly I love mountains, chocolate and cheese…or mountains of chocolate and cheese, and my sister, of course.

After completing commercial studies in Geneva, I worked as a PA for DuPont. A year later I moved to Neuchâtel and became the Purchasing Manager for a high-tech company that made motors for industrial and space applications. While working, I returned to university, studying part-time for a Bachelor of Science. And then a friend of a friend introduced me to another friend who’d started up an IT recruitment business. I joined the company late 1995, and over the next fifteen years rose through the ranks to become CEO.

Things outside of work were hardly boring, either. A chance encounter back in the dark ages of the Internet in 1999 led me down the aisle with Rob, my Canadian rock, five months later. Actually it was exactly ten weeks after we met face-to-face at the Saint John airport in New Brunswick, Canada – and we’re still married. True story. Our first son was born in 2003, followed by identical twin boys just sixteen months later, so I’m heavily outnumbered (and at 5ft8 officially the shortest of the family).

My writing career began after we moved to Oakville in Ontario, Canada in 2010. Maybe it was the failed attempt at a start-up company, or an early mid-life crisis, but one morning I decided to follow my oldest passion, started writing, and never wanted to look back. My first book was a rom-com, but then I switched to the dark side of suspense (say it with me: muahahaha).

While I may never have enough time to get all of the ideas out of my head and on paper, I’ll be darned if I won’t have fun trying!

About the Books
 Poison Lillies
After solving her mother’s murder, Gus Monet thought she was finally settled. Content for the first time in her life. Done with digging into the past. But it’s not to be. When Gus makes a mistake she can’t undo, she does the only thing she can: cuts and runs in the dead of night. Gus lands at The Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building in one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods where no one knows her. A good place to hide. She soon meets Poppy Honeywell, her reclusive elderly neighbour who happens to be a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the city’s founding families. When a body emerges from an icy pond in a nearby park, Gus’s curiosity with Poppy’s influential family suddenly takes a perilous turn. The Mutchmores have been hiding a secret for decades—one they’re willing to do anything to keep buried. Little do they know, that’s just the kind of secret Gus can’t resist.
Never Coming Home

First comes love. Then comes murder.

Lucas Forester didn’t hate his wife. Michelle was brilliant, sophisticated, and beautiful. Sure, she had extravagant spending habits and that petty attitude, a total disregard for anyone below her status. But she also had a lot to offer. Most notably, wealth that only the one percent could comprehend.

For years, Lucas has been honing a flawless plan to inherit Michelle’s fortune. Unfortunately, it involves taking a hit out on her.

Every track is covered, no trace left behind, and now Lucas plays the grieving husband so well he deserves an award. But when a shocking photo and cryptic note show up on his doorstep, Lucas goes from hunter to prey.

Someone is on to him. And they’re closing in.

Told with dark wit and a sharply feminist sensibility, Never Coming Home is a terrifying tale of duplicity that will have you side-eyeing your spouse as you dash to the breathtaking end.

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Virtual Author Event with Anais Granofsky

Join other book lovers from around Muskoka for a discussion with author Anais Granofsky. She will be discussing her book “The Girl in the Middle”.

Books will be available for purchase before the event for $15, and will be delivered to the library after the event.

Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

About the Author

ANAIS GRANOFSKY is an actor, director, producer and writer. Best known for her role as Lucy Fernandez on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, she has directed and starred in a number of films. She is also developing a fictional TV series loosely based on her childhood. The Girl in the Middle is Granofsky’s first book.

About the Book

A moving and vivid memoir of a young girl—long before her starring role in the Degrassi series—who was always switching between worlds, wanting only to be loved

When Anais Granofsky’s parents meet in the early 1970s, they are foreign and fascinating to each other. Stanley is the son of a very wealthy Toronto Jewish family; Jean is one of fifteen children from a poor Black Methodist family, direct descendants of the freed Randolph slaves. When Jean becomes pregnant at nineteen, Stanley doesn’t anticipate being cut off by his parents. Nor does the couple anticipate that Stanley, soon to rename himself Fakeer, will find his calling in the spiritual teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on an ashram in India.

The Girl in the Middle is the story of a child who spends her life navigating between two very different worlds. Alone, Anais and her mother teetered on the poverty line, sharing a mattress in a single room in social housing in Toronto, while her grandparents lived a twenty-minute car ride away on the mansion-lined Bridle Path. As Anais grows up, she spends weekends having lunch with her grandmother by the pool, while during the week, she and her mother often don’t know where their next meal will come from, even after Fakeer’s return. Anais realizes that if she wants to be loved, she has to switch identities to please each of the adult women in her family. It isn’t until she gets a role in the TV series Degrassi Junior High that Anais finds a third world—her own—and begins to define an identity for herself.

The Girl in the Middle offers a powerful lens to explore how two families, one white and one Black, faced systemic oppression spanning multiple generations and came out at opposite economic classes—and how they clashed when they shared a granddaughter.

With compassion and vivid storytelling, Granofsky shares her experience of living in opposite worlds, and demonstrates how generational shame, grief and prejudice ultimately lead to love and forgiveness.

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Fiction Addiction Virtual Book Club

Do you enjoy talking about books you've read with other fellow bookworms? We are excited to offer a virtual book club just for you, the Fiction Addiction book club!

We meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM.

Upcoming dates and titles TBD

How to get books for the club
  1. Visit our online catalogue to find the book. Log in to your account and place the book on hold. You will be notified by our staff when it is ready to pick up at the Library-to-Go service.
  2. Order a copy through Interlibrary Loan. 
  3. Get an eBook or audiobook copy through the OverDrive or Libby apps. Visit our Read & Listen page for more information.
  4. Visit a neighbouring library in Muskoka to pick up a copy if it is available. You will need a library card from the respective library, and you will also need to return the book to the same library.

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