A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days

To celebrate the release of his widely anticipated first novel, A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days (ECW Press), Quill & Quire review editor Nathan Whitlock will deliver a comic mock lecture titled “Seven Steps to a Seven Day Novel”. Also, musician Alex Lukashevsky—whom Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene has called “one of the best songwriters Canada’s ever been blessed with”—will perform songs inspired by Whitlock’s tale about the lives of an extended family over seven increasingly desperate days. — A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, ECW Press and EYE WEEKLY.

A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days provides a darkly comic portrait of an extended family during one increasingly desperate week. Nathan Whitlock centres his debut novel on Manda, a wisecracking 38-year-old woman who never fully embraced the town she was relocated to as a teenager following her parents’ messy divorce. With his pitch-perfect dialogue and keen sense of awkward social dances, Whitlock vividly portrays the lives of lower-middle-class outsiders within a close-knit community. Manda’s emotionally scarred older brother is becoming more restless, her teenage stepbrother has no friends, her estranged mother is certifiably crazy, her ill father is withdrawn, and her taciturn husband is pressuring her to have a child. A Week of This is a beautifully crafted book that will resonate with anyone who tends to feel a bit out of place, bewildered and not quite ready to grow up.

Nathan Whitlock was the winner of the inaugural Emerging Artist in Creative Writing Award and the Short Prose for Developing Writers Award, as well as runner-up for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. He is the review editor of Quill & Quire magazine. His writing and reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star, Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Toro, Geist, and elsewhere. He grew up in the Ottawa Valley and currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Alex Lukashevsky has been filling Toronto clubs with surreal sounds and wondrous words for close to ten years, most notably as bandleader for boisterous improv-rock ensemble Deep Dark United. Lukashevsky recently released a solo album, Connexions, on North East Indie.