Pair of authors will present their latest on Friday

Authors Ian Weir and Alix Hawley will present their new novels in Kamloops on Sept. 14.

Kamloops-born Weir’s latest is a revisionist western with a Canadian twist called The Death and Life of Strother Purcell. It is set in the Kamloops area.

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He describes it as an “archetypal saga of obsession, lost love, treachery and funny, fast, wickedly intelligent style.”

Hawley’s book is My Name is a Knife, a sequel to her All True Not a Lie in It. It’s been called historical fiction with an edge as it tells the story of American pioneer Daniel Boone and his wife. The Kelowna resident won an award for her earlier book.

The event at Thompson Rivers University in the TRU writing centre in the Old Main Building is called Tea and Conversation with Ian Weir and Alix Hawley. It kicks off a new student writing contest at the university that will run through September and October.

The event, which will include live music and refreshments, is being hosted by Weir’s publisher, Goose Lane Editions, and the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts.

The talk starts at 3 p.m. Everything is free and open to the public.

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