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Anne Michaels is one of Canada’s most decorated storytellers, an award-winning novelist and poet whose landmark novel Fugitive Pieces was recently chosen as one of the BBC’s 100 Novels that Shaped the World.

At this Toronto launch event, Michaels is joined by Sarah Polley, the Academy Award–winning filmmaker of Women Talking.

Together, Polley and Michaels host an exclusive first glimpse of Held, Michaels’s breathtaking and mysterious new novel.

Hailed by Margaret Atwood as a “compelling” and “timely” book that “shows us our humanity,” this deeply affecting and intensely beautiful story follows a World War One veteran and his descendants on a breathtaking journey through history. Lighting upon Darwin, Sir Ernest Rutherford, early photography and the folklorist Ella Mary Leather…while lovers find each other and snow drifts down across the centuries.

Hear two of our country’s most gifted storytellers reflect on the deep mysteries of this alluring novel—a profound meditation on desire and the search for meaning—and be the first to experience one of the most exciting new books of the year.


Moderated by actor, author and Academy Award–winning filmmaker Sarah Polley.

There will be a book signing following the talk.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Promotional Partner: Toronto Writers' Centre

Tickets: $18 | Members save! Under 25? Get your FREE Bronze membership.

Add a book to your ticket order and be guaranteed to receive a copy of Anne Michaels' Held!

Limited quantities of Held will also be available for purchase at the event.

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