“The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat” was my journey through a heritage of poverty.
I started the book with two qualities in mind, one to speak through a voice of experience and secondly to reach out to others. I wanted to write a book with purpose. I remember the nights with pen and paper, searching my island soul for images. The ocean somehow travelled with me on this journey. I was a mother, a teacher, and to voice this as a source of my strength was a challenge. How was I to write about my past without guarding myself in it. I lifted the masks, took them off, and told my story of pain, but also hope. I was fearless in my writing. I wanted to help others.
No writer can help anyone if she protects herself from the possible judgement of her memoir. I knew my soul, I knew the quality in it and I spoke loudly.
In The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat Melinda Cochrane evokes the geography, history, politics, and sociology of Newfoundland and Labrador with the kind of hardy and hard-edged truthfulness that characterizes so much of the vital and unique culture of the province some call the Rock. Melinda’s poetic narratives conjure a world that is craggy and wind-swept and storm-tossed. ~ From Amazon.com
Date: November 27, 2012
“ The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat” by Melinda Cochrane
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30pm
Place: 13850, boul. Gouin Ouest, Pierrefonds Qc. H9A 1A6
Books will be sold at the event. $25.00
A portion of the book sales will be donated to the West Island Woman’s Shelter