Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Open by Lisa Moore

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Open by Lisa Moore

House of Anansi Press, 2002

Lisa Moore's Open makes you believe three things unequivocally: that St. John's is the centre of the universe, that these stories are about absolutely everything, that the only certainty in life comes from the accumulation of moments which refuse to be contained.

Love, mistakes, loss -- the fear of all of these, the joy of all of these. The interconnectedness of a bus ride in Nepal and a wedding on the shore of Quidi Vidi Lake; of the tension between a husband and wife when their infant cries before dawn (who will go to him?) and the husband's memory of an early, piercing love affair; of two friends, one who suffers early in life and the other midway through.

In Open Lisa Moore splices moments and images together so adroitly, so vividly, you'll swear you've lived them yourself.

That there is a writer like Lisa Moore threading a live wire through everything she sees, showing it to us, warming us with it. These stories are a gathering in. An offering. They ache and bristle. They are shared riches. Open.

Lisa Moore's Open was a finalist for the 2002 Giller Prize and a national bestseller, and her work has also appeared in Canada's most prestigious literary magazines. She writes a biweekly column in the Globe and Mail and lives in St. John's with her husband and two children.