Tuesday, April 17, 2012. 5:30 p.m.
Montreal writer Glen Rotchin will be reading from his latest novel Halbman Steals Home at a Canada Council for the Arts Literary Reading
What happens when the childhood home of a Montreal novelist burns down? Well, he writes a novel about it, of course. Protagonist Mort Halbman is an incorrigible curmudgeon who yearns to make amends for a life of missteps. After losing his two great loves – the Expos and his beloved home that suddenly burns to the ground under mysterious circumstances – Mort finds himself a suspect in the arson investigation. Complicating matters, Mort’s ex-wife Mona is trying to convince him that he should participate in the rabbi-officiated wedding of their gay son. Publisher’s Weekly says “Rotchin’s talents for character are on fine display in the darkly comical Mort Halbman…as impressively crafted as his debut The Rent Collector..”
Glen Rotchin has published fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. He has won two Canadian Jewish Book Awards for co-editing poetry anthologies, while his debut novel, The Rent Collector, was a finalist in 2005 for the Amazon.ca Books in Canada First Novel Award.
Mr. Rotchin will be introduced by Joel Yanofsky, a Montreal writer and reviewer.
The Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road