Fact and Fiction: The Making of a Political Roman à Clef

March 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Westmount Park United Church
4695 Maisonneuve West
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

Based on his transatlantic white collar crime thriller, Acqua Sacra, novelist Keith Henderson will discuss the relationship between news, political research and the making of fiction. Key examples will include SNC-Lavalin, Heenan-Blaikie and Montreal’s infamous “Sixth Family” Mafia bosses.

KEITH HENDERSON has published five novels, the latest Sasquatch and the Green Sash (2018), political essays from when he was Quebec correspondent for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian, 1997) as well as a prizewinning book of short stories (The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, 2006). He led a provincial political party in Quebec during the separatist referendum of 1995 and championed Anglo language rights and the “poison pill” strategy of partitioning Quebec if ever Quebec partitioned Canada. He taught Canadian Literature for many years at Vanier College in Montreal.