Author's fable hits a high note at the Fairmont

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In the Fabled East was listed as one of the most anticipated books to read this year

On April 15, I attended a book launch at the new Fairmont Pacific Rim. Friends and fans alike gathered together to welcome the latest offering from Adam Lewis Schroeder. This exciting BC author has just released his second novel, In the Fabled East, and was in Vancouver as part of his cross-Canada promotional tour. After having read Schroeder’s first novel, Empress of Asia, I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this book for months, and I’m not alone: The National Post selected In the Fabled East, as one of the most anticipated books of 2010.

According to Schroeder, “the theme of the book originated from a sudden, and random thought. I saw a woman draped in hoop skirts, stumbling through the mud somewhere in Asia.” The thought went away, and it wasn’t until a year later that she came back to mind—the basis of the story formed, and everything culminated in a research trip to Vietnam and Laos. The nuggets gleaned from that trip make up the lush background of the novel.

In the Fabled East follows Adélie Tremier through the romanticized Paris of 1909; and Pierre Lazarie, sent packing to the jungles of Indochina in 1939 to determine her fate. The audience at the Fairmont’s café was treated to a reading by the author, and Schroeder’s descriptive narrative grips you from the beginning. The phrasing is evocative, tactile, poignant, humorous, and brimming with historical detail.

In addition to In the Fabled East, Schroeder is also promoting an anthology he contributed to. Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow features 23 Canadian authors. The short stories all focus on visions of the distant, or not too distant future. From what I’ve heard, it’s though provoking, funny, satirical, and dark—everything social commentary should be. Some of the other contributors include Douglas Coupland, William Gibson, and Yann Martel.

Keep your eyes on Schroeder, his literary star is rising and underscores the amazing talent we have in this province. In that vein, get out and support the arts and our artists—and promote the people whose work you enjoy, so they can continue adding to Canada’s rich cultural landscape.

For more information on Adam Lewis Schroeder and In the Fabled East click here.

- Post by Kerri

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