André Alexis reading
Wednesday February 8, 2017  7pm
(902)585-1502 (Acadia English Dept.)

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His novels, short stories and plays have garnered acclaim. His recent novel Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

The Hidden Keys combines puzzle, quest, and crime:
Parkdale’s Green Dolphin is a bar of ill repute, and it is there that Tancred Palmieri, a thief with elegant and erudite tastes, meets Willow Azarian, an aging heroin addict. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and help her solve the puzzle.

The Quill & Quire review provides further insight on the intrigues of The Hidden Keys:
‘Though Tancred contains multitudes, one of Alexis’s best tricks involves diverging from his hero’s point of view to introduce a whole host of peripheral figures … Nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.’

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Books available at The Box of Delights and at the reading.


K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre
Acadia University
32 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia


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