Seniors Book Club January Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 in the Training Room on the second floor to discuss Annabel by Kathleen Winter.


About the Book

In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once.

Only three people are privy to the secret — the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self — a girl he thinks of as “Annabel” — is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. (Publisher)

Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It was also a finalist in the 2014 Canada Reads competition on CBC Radio.

About the Author

Born in the north of England and raised in Newfoundland, Winter began her career as a script writer for Sesame Street before becoming a columnist for The Telegram in St. John’s. She is the author of a short story collection entitled boYs, her first novel Annabel, and most recently, a nonfiction book about the north entitled Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. 

Kathleen Winter was a member of the jury for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, and is the sister of novelist Michael Winter.

Kathleen Winter on boys, girls and writing Annabel (Globe and Mail)

Interview with Kathleen Winter in the National Post

Review in The Canadian Book Review

Review of Annabel in The Guardian

Review of Annabel in Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

A review of Annabel: “A failed effort to explore the complexities of intersexuality”



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