Paul Almond Book Launch – The Deserter

Paul Almond Book Launch – The Deserter

Paul Almond – film-maker, author and Anglican – will be launching his novel The Deserter on Tuesday, November 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Carter Hall, 31 des Jardins, in Old Quebec.  

Best-known in Quebec for his 1968 film, Isabel, starring Geneviève Bujold, Mr. Almond enojoyed a long and successful career as a director of film and TV dramas in Canada, the UK and the USA. On retirement, Paul began to work on The Alford Saga, eight novels of historical fiction based on his ancestors, covering 200 years and set in the author’s beloved Shigawake, on the Chaleur Bay in the Gaspé Peninsula. The first novel, available for purchase at the reception, recounts the adventures of Paul’s great-grandfather, who, according to oral tradition, deserted from the British Navy in the early 1800s. The novel centres on relations between the hero and the Micmac people, who teach him to survive in this new land. The next two novels will focus on Paul’s clerical roots: his father was an Anglican clergyman, as was his uncle who served as chaplain in the Boer War. Paul himself is a eucharistic lay minister in his parish of Malibu, California.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Reception co-sponsored by la Maison Anglaise and the Anglican Diocese of Quebec.

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