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Award winning author Paul Rowe to give public reading and signing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2017 (St. John's, NL) – BMO Winterset Award-winning author Paul Rowe will do a short reading and book signing on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in the Main Floor Atrium of Terrace on the Square, Churchill Square, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

The public is invited to a meet and greet with the author whose novel The Last Half of the Year captured the prestigious award (and its $12,500 prize) in April of this year.  ArtsNL Executive Director, Reg Winsor, will be on hand to speak about the BMO Winterset Award, which ArtsNL manages, prior to the reading.

The Last Half of the Year is a darkly humorous coming-of-age story set in the early 1970s.  Its quixotic hero, the young Jason Dade, is on a strange quest to meet an elusive figure known only as The Man; Jason's father, Saul Dade, broods restlessly at home, helpless to intervene.  Their interwoven narratives, past and present, extend from descriptions of an idyllic rural childhood to the grim spectre of war, and from the harsh realities of leaving the nest to finding the way back home.

Books will be for sale and the event sponsor, Diamond Design, will pay half the cost of the first fifty books sold. 

Paul Rowe is a writer, actor, and teacher born in Point Verde, a small coastal community on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Avalon Peninsula.  He has written, directed, and performed extensively during a theatre career spanning three decades.  In 2015, he was a member of the acting company at the Stratford Festival and currently plays Bishop Fleming, in the award winning play FlemingThe Last Half of the Year is his second novel. His first novel, The Silent Time, was a finalist for the 2008 BMO Winterset Award.  Paul lives in St. John’s, NL.

The author is available for interviews by contacting:  paulrowe1954@gmail.com.

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
jjamieson@nlac.ca

Susan Greene
Diamond Design
Phone: (709) 754-9497
susan@diamonddesign.com

Diamond Design is a locally owned jewellery firm whose mandate has included an ongoing commitment to supporting the arts in our community for over 25 years.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.