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Ready for a comic romp through 1930's London, Ont.?

book cover image  The resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

Join Allan Stratton on June 10th as he reads from his new satirical novel The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish.

"The book is a frolic, full of mischief and mayhem… A tongue in cheek romp from beginning to end, a chronicle complete with clever one-liners, hilarious sendups and a cast of characters reminiscent of Charles Dickens at his exuberant best."
-London Free Press

“A glorious romp of a tale featuring a chorus line of characters high-kicking their way across the stage. Religious flimflammery, movie moguls, Hollywood hustlers and dust bowl dreams have never been so fun.”
-Will Ferguson, Giller Award winning author of 419

When Mary Mabel McTavish seemingly resurrects Timmy Beeford after he is electrocuted at an evangelical road show at the Western Fairgrounds, she rockets from London to stardom in Hollywood. Jack Warner, W.R. Hearst, J. Edgar Hoover and the Rockettes round out a cast of Ponzi promoters, Bolshevik hoboes, tent revivalists, and double-dealing social climbers in a fast-paced tale that satirizes the religious right, media manipulation, celebrity and greed.

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda’s Secrets, which was made into the Cannes Film Festival hit Life, Above All. His books are published in over twenty countries. Before turning to fiction, Allan wrote Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii, one of the most produced plays in Canadian theatre history. Allan is a former Londoner and currently lives in Toronto with his husband and four cats. You can visit him online at

Allan will be reading from 7-8 pm, on Tuesday,June 10th at the Central Library (Stevenson and Hunt Rm. A)

Co-sponsored with Oxford Book Shop –book sales and signing will follow the reading.  Hope to see you there!