Canadian author Michael Helm will be at Augustana to read from his latest novel, After James. Please join us for a look at this extraordinary novel, and a superlative brownie.
Friday, March 16
2 to 3 pm
Roger Epp Boardroom, Augustana Campus
Michael Helm is the author of The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize; In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean; Cities of Refuge and After James, which was longlisted for the Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. His fiction, poetry, essays and photography have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick, where he serves as editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto.
“A warning, a lament, a virtuoso engagement with our times, After James is a singular, puzzle-box of a novel delivered in gorgeous prose. In three stages, with passing homage to the genres of horror, detective, and apocalyptic novels, Michael Helm brilliantly extrapolates riveting narratives from the wonderment of contemporary biology and physics. Speculative, revelatory, dramatic, and subtly interconnected, the three sections of After James veer ever closer to an end time, yet the novel celebrates being human, and being here, now.”
-2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury
“The honed precision of Michael Helm’s prose is ice over very deep, very black water. After James is a viral secret of a novel, a trance-state all-day immersion read. Reality shows up all at once in this book, striking us glancing blows of prolepsis, of a familiarity beyond contempt. A profound and truly frightening book, and a necessary one for our times.”