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Author Reading : Brenda Missen


 Based on a true story, Tell Anna She’s Safe tells the tale of two women, one missing, the other searching for her. Driving home alongside West Quebec’s Gatineau River one April afternoon, Ellen McGinn spots a parked car that looks like it might belong to her friend, Lucy Stockman. Arriving home, Ellen receives a phone call from Lucy’s common-law partner: Lucy has disappeared. Led by a series of disturbing visions, Ellen embarks on a nerve-wracking search that soon becomes a determined quest for the truth beyond the stereotypical appearances of her friend’s risky relationship with an ex-convict. Terrified for her own life and getting in over her head with a compelling police detective, Ellen reaches a deeper than bargained for understanding of Lucy’s dark journey – and her own.

Through the intertwining stories of the two women and the enduring presence of the river, Tell Anna She’s Safe takes the reader below the sometimes frightening, uncontrollable surface circumstances of our lives, to reveal the steady current of power and knowing we all hold within.

Brenda Missen lives on the Madawaska River in rural central Ontario, where she divides her time between her freelance editing and writing business and her own creative writing. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in the Algonquin Roundtable Review and in the crime anthology Cottage Country Killers. She has also contributed essays to a number of Canadian magazines and her local newspaper. A keen canoeist, hiker, swimmer, cyclist and cross-country skier, Brenda spends as much time as possible outdoors with her dog, Maddy. She can often be found writing the old fashioned way, with fountain pen and paper, on a rocky shore or even, when inspiration can’t wait for solid ground, in a canoe. Tell Anna She’s Safe (Inanna Publications and Education, 2011) is her first published novel.

Author Reading at Central Library!

Brenda Missen will be doing an author reading at the Central Libary on Thursday, December 8th from 7-9 pm.  Location is the Arts and History Department on the 3rd floor of the Library.  There will be a snacks and a book signing after the reading.  All are welcome and the program is free!