Author Event with Meira Cook, "The Full Catastrophe"

tue25octtue01novAuthor Event with Meira Cook, "The Full Catastrophe"


October 25, 2022 6:00 pm - November 1, 2022 11:45 pm(GMT-06:00)



Other Events

Event Details

Join the JAAMM Series for this virtual event with author Meira Cook, “The Full Catastrophe.”

A compassionate and funny novel about defining yourself, the communities that support us, and the journeys that secrets propel.

Charlie Minkoff, a thirteen-year-old boy born with intersex traits, would be happy to be left alone. Living with his artist mother in a derelict loft in downtown Winnipeg, perpetually wondering about the father who abandoned him, and tormented in school because of his differences, Charlie navigates the assorted catastrophes of his life. He’s helped along by the love of his beloved grandfather, Oscar, and the makeshift family who surround him: his mother’s best friend; a couple of elderly shut-in neighbours; a mysterious girl in his class who has secrets of her own; and his desperately needy and perpetually hungry dog, Gellman.

When a school project leads him to discover that Oscar never had a bar mitzvah, Charlie decides to right the historical wrong and arrange a belated ceremony. But this quest will be more than he bargained for, and meanwhile everyone from his doctor to his Ancestry Studies teacher keeps insisting that Charlie needs to learn to tell his own story.

Margaret Laurence Award winner Méira Cook’s The Full Catastrophe is a story of psychological complexity, tenderness, and humour.

Virtual Event Details

This program will broadcast live October 25th at 6:00 pm MDT. You will not be able to pause or rewind. After the live broadcast, you can access an on-demand recording until November 1st at 11:45 pm MDT.