Christine Higdon

Novelist talk and reading at Gallery Coffee House—Mar 5

Christine Higdon, writer, editor, graphic designer, rug hooker, and intersectional feminist, will talk about her artistic practice and read from her new novel, Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue, at The Gallery Coffee House & Bistro in Charlottetown on March 5 at 7 pm. The evening is presented by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and Bookmark. Admission is free.

 Higdon vividly brings to life prohibition-era Vancouver a century ago and four very different working-class sisters, still reeling from the First World War’s impact and scraping to get by. “It is impossible not to root for the McKenzie sisters,” writes author Rachel Rose, “as they fight for justice and forge their own identities, demanding the right to love and learn freely, despite the subjugation under which they live.”

Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue is immersed in the complex political and social realities of the 1920s and, not so ironically, of the 2020s: love, sex, desire, police corruption, abortion, addiction, and women wanting more, much more.

Newfoundland novelist Donna Morrissey says of Higdon’s elegant and witty new novel, “Christine Higdon is a brilliant storyteller…undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read in years.”

The daughter of a Newfoundlander and a British Columbian, Higdon spends as much time as she can in Nova Scotia; the rest of the time, she lives near Lake Ontario in Toronto. There, she works on her art, worries about the bees, and longs for the ocean.