Calgary author Joan Crate will read from her second novel”Black Apple” at Sunworks on March 11, Friday 2016 at 7 p.m. Wine Cash Bar and complimentary snacks will increase the fun!!
A dramatic and lyrical coming-of-age book about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies.
Torn from her Alberta home and delivered to St. Mark’s Residential School for Girls by government decree, young Rose Marie finds herself in an alien universe where nothing of her previous life is tolerated, not even her Blackfoot name. For she has entered into the world of the Sisters of Brotherly Love, an order of nuns dedicated to saving the Indigenous children from damnation. Life under the sharp eye of Mother Grace, the Mother General, becomes an endless series of torments, from daily recitations and obligations to chronic sickness and inedible food. And then there are the beatings. All the feisty Rose Marie wants to do is escape from St. Mark’s. How her imagination soars as she dreams about her lost family on the Reserve, finding in her visions a healing spirit that touches her heart. But all too soon she starts to see other shapes in her dreams as well, shapes that warn her of unspoken dangers and mysteries that threaten to engulf her. And she has seen the rows of plain wooden crosses behind the school, reminding her that many students have never left here alive.Sunworks4924 Ross StreetRed DeerPhone 403-341-3455