Ariadne’s Notes: A great World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Tuesday night on CFRO 100.5 FM with co-host Una Bruhns and featuring the novelist of When the River Wakes Up,
Alyson Quinn. To hear the show: CLICK HERE.
Also a special Open House & Book Launch plus Roger’s 50th Birthday!
Dead’er by Roger R. Blenman & When the River Wakes Up by Alyson Quinn
Readings at 2, 4, & 7 pm, with book signings…
December 6th, 2014
Dalbergia Studio – Wood and Fine Objects
1333 Railspur Avenue,
Granville Island, Vancouver BC
This is a free event.
“When the River Wakes Up ventures courageously down paths rarely explored, the Western medical model and African mysticism from Zimbabwe. What is the cost of labeling those with sacred gifts for all of humanity? Is there a way to open ourselves to unimaginable wisdom that will illuminate the path forward for us all? Alyson Quinn writes this story with her heart immersed in cauterized memory of her beloved homeland and an unquenchable curiosity for undiscovered worlds.” — Malídoma Patríce Somé, PhD, traditional elder, author of Ritual: Power, Healing and Community; Of Water and the Spirit; and The Healing Wisdom of Africa
When the River Wakes Up is an exploration of paths rarely explored—the colliding of Western beliefs and Shona mysticism. Abigail, in all her fragility, is a resolute pioneer alongside her African brother, her soul compatriot, and vessel of African wisdom: Zukah. Through their relationship they open up closed minds and hearts around them, and forge a different path in the new Zimbabwe. Any government transitioning from a racist minority rule to a majority government is careening down a road of unfathomable chaos; Zimbabwe is no different. Seen through the lens of Abigail’s father, a civil servant, the process is filled with potholes of despair and unforeseen hope. When the River Wakes Up is a novel that is both a tormenting inner struggle and a changing world scorched by the fire of new beginnings.
About the Author
Alyson Quinn was born in Zimbabwe to Irish parents and spent her childhood years in Southern Africa. She trained as a social worker and has spent twenty-five years working in the field of psychiatry as an individual and group therapist. She is the author of Experiential Unity Theory and Model (Jason Aronson, 2012) and Reclaim Your Soul.(Hamilton Books, 2014). When the River Wakes Up is her first novel.