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Fran Kimmel
No Good Asking
Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 7 PM | Forsyth Hall
Fran Kimmel’s No Good Asking is a powerful tale of resilience featuring a troubled young girl’s effect on the fraying family who reluctantly take her in. Kimmel explores loss, grief and the need for connection with the nuanced characterization, compassionate touch and eye for detail that made her first novel a book club cult favourite. She will be in conversation with Leslie Greentree.

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Fran Kimmel’s first novel, The Shore Girl, was named a CBC Top 40 Book and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award in 2013. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada and have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. Born and raised in Calgary, Fran now writes and teaches in Lacombe, Alberta.

In No Good Asking, Ellie and Eric Nyland have moved with their two sons back to Eric’s childhood farmhouse. Despite the fresh start they hope for, their family is falling apart, each of them isolated by private sorrows and stresses.

When Eric finds 11 year old Hannah Finch wandering alone in a storm and discovers bad things are happening in her house, the Nylands reluctantly agree to let Hannah stay with them until she can find a new home after the Christmas holidays. But Hannah proves to be more balm than burden, and the Nylands discover that the only thing harder than taking Hannah in may be letting her go.
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Leslie Greentree has published the award-winning short fiction collection, A Minor Planet for You and two poetry books: go-go dancing for Elvis and guys named Bill. Leslie has won CBC fiction and poetry competitions, the 2013 Little Bird short fiction competition, and been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her essay “Tom Petty just isn’t there for you,” appears in Waiting: An Anthology (UAP, 2018).