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Todd Babiak



Riveting, emotionally complex, and sparkling with moments of compassion and humour, The Empress of Idaho is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the vulnerability and confusion of adolescence. It's a poignant, unforgettable portrait of a boy's difficult coming-of-age.  Todd Babiak will be in conversation with former Edmonton Journal colleague Senator Paula Simons at this special STARFest event.  
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After Hours with Todd Babiak and Senator Paula Simons:

a special STARFest evening

Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm.  St. Albert Public Library

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Todd Babiak is an award-winning author, screenwriter and co-founder of Story Engine, a consulting company based in Edmonton and Vancouver. Todd was also, for 10 years, a columnist with the Edmonton Journal. His first novel, Choke Hold, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and a winner of the Henry Kreisel Award. His second, serial novel, The Garneau Block, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Alberta Book Award for best novels. The Book of Stanley (2007) and Toby: A Man (2010) followed. Toby: A Man was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the Georges Bugnet Award for best work of fiction by an Alberta author.

Next came Todd's literary thrillers, Come Barbarians (2013) and Son of France: A Christopher Kruse Novel (2016). Both thrillers were set in France necessitating a temporary move from Edmonton to France. Todd's newest novel, The Empress of Idaho, is an immersive and affecting story about a teenager's fascination with an enigmatic new woman in town whose past is catching up with her. The Empress of Idaho will be released April 30, 2019.

Paula Simons is probably best known for her work as a political columnist and investigative journalist with the Edmonton Journal - and now also as an Independent Senator.  


Join us on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm for this special STARFest event with Todd Babiak and Senator Paula Simons. Reception included. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Tickets, $10 available:
In person through the Library's Customer Service Desk 
By calling 780-459-1530