On Sunday, August 12th at 12:30 pm, former parishioner Mary Lou Dickinson will read from her new novel, The White Ribbon Man. There will be a Q and A with the author after the reading. This is a free event open to all. Please join us!
“The White Ribbon Man is a murder mystery set in Toronto. A woman’s body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church. It is an Anglican church that welcomes homeless people for coffee and soup and has a congregation composed largely of social activists. The discovery challenges a community that sees itself as a compassionate one and causes people who once were comfortable with each other to become suspicious instead. During the investigation we get to know something about the minister whose sleepwalking makes him suspect, a librarian who answered the classified ad in the Globe and Mail placed by another suspect; one of the wardens who is an activist against violence against women, a member of the congregation who was the neighbour and friend of the murdered woman, and the detective in charge of the investigation. The gentle handling of all of these characters and their issues allows the reader to see humanity and vulnerability of each one and the way in which as a community they support one another.
“After a woman is found dead in a downtown church basement, nearly everyone becomes a suspect. Dickinson deftly takes us into the world of a social-justice community and their struggles to cope in the aftermath of violence. When a writer and cop unintentionally team up, imagination and evidence blur. This is a page-turner with an unexpected plot-twist that will leave the reader guessing until the very end.”
—Farzana Doctor, author of All Inclusive, Six Metres of Pavement, Stealing Nasreen
“An insightful and contemplative literary mystery that is steeped in religion, lost loves, loneliness, and the desire for companionship and meaning in life. A beautifully written poignant and touching exploration of human hopes and frailties.”
—Lisa de Nikolits, author of No Fury Like That, The Nearly Girl, Between the Cracks She Fell & four other novels
“A well imagined story of how a horrible crime not only upends lives, but the trust of a community. In The White Ribbon Man, Mary Lou Dickinson also explores the mental and emotional injuries that children suffer under the unrelenting demands of fundamentalist religion. It’s a book that will leave you thinking.”
—Ken Murray, author of Eulogy (a novel)
Mary Lou Dickinson‘s publications include a collection of short fiction, One Day It Happens (2007) and three novels, The White Ribbon Man (2018), Would I Lie to You? (2014), and, Ile d’Or (2010). Her fiction has also been published in a number of literary journals, including the University of Windsor Review, Descant, Waves, Grain, Northern Journey, The Fiddlehead, Impulse, and Writ, and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her writing was also included in the anthology, We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman. She grew up in northern Quebec and currently lives in Toronto.