ONLINE: Mary Lawson: A Town Called Solace

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Saturday 9 July 2022

11:00 am



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Join us on zoom for this online event with award-winning Canadian author, Mary Lawson. Mary’s new novel A Town Called Solace is set in the frozen north of Canada in 1972 and is a novel about childhood trauma, painful histories that need reckoning with and the moments in life when we can change for the better. Mary will be in conversation with Nadine O'Regan

Admission: €5

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Clara’s sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose, had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Eight-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents’ efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered.

Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he’s suspected of a crime.

At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed thirty years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.

Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible.


‘Poised, elegant prose, paired with quiet drama that will break your heart. The sort of book that seems as if it has always existed because of its timeless perfection’ Graham Norton


.  This event will take place online on zoom



Mary Lawson

Mary Lawson is a Canadian author. Her first novel, Crow Lake (2002) was published when Mary was 55 and it sold in 28 countries. It spent 75 weeks on the...

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Nadine O'Regan

Nadine O’Regan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and podcaster. Editor of the Business Post Magazine, the culture magazine which is published weekly with the Business Post, she is also a columnist, an arts writer...

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