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Whistler Reads: THE GOLDEN MEAN

abstract:The first book event kicking off the 2010 season in Whistler is going to be a doozy. Don't miss the 28th Whistler Reads book group discussion on Febuary 7th 2010 (apres ski) 4:00-5:30pm at 3313 Peak Drive on Blueberry Hill, Whistler - the home of Chris and Angela. (Tickets: $20 at door or online below) We are thrilled to bring you BC author Annabel Lyon, whose third book The Golden Mean (Random House Canada) was shortlisted for not one, not two, but for three of Canada's literary prizes: both the 2009 Governor General the Giller Prize winning her the the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize. (The Golden Mean is currently #3 on This is the fictionalized story of Greek philosopher Aristotle's unique relationship to the boy who would become Alexander the Great. The title of the book, the golden mean, is a term used to describe the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. For example courage, a virtue, if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness and if deficient as cowardice. Socrates teaches that a man "must know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible". Buddha taught "the Middle Way" in 6th century B.C., sharing the supremely important notion that the main purpose of our existence is to lead a good life. Hence, in heralding the New Year with this book and this author, we are bringing together philosophies from many corners of the earth and from a fascinating point in history. Sound like a great way align your 2010? Purchase a copy of this book for yourself and for those bibliophiles in your world. Join us for Whistler Reads' first event of 2010. RSVP required. (OR your ticket purchase will put you on the guest list.)


December 15, 2009

About The Author

Canadian novelist and short story writer Annabel Lyon is also a piano teacher who earned her BA from Simon Fraser University and her MFA in creative writing from UBC. She laughs when she recounts the comments from her piano students upon discovering their teacher in the newspaper nominated for literary awards. Now that she has 3 books to her credit, the last one earning her the distinction of being nominated simultaneously for all three of Canada's highest accolades - and winning her the the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for her latest novel, The Golden Mean. No stranger to awards, her first book was a short story collection titled, Oxygen was nominated for the Danuta Gleed Award. Her second collection, The Best Thing For You, that was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction and the City of Vancouver Book Award. Annabel Lyon is a mentor at UBC's creative writing program, Booming Ground. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two children.

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