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Event Archive - Victoria book launch ~ WHEN IS A MAN by: Aaron Shepard

Tue. April 8th 2014 Copper Owl (No Minors)
700 - 900
Free free!!
Presented by: Brindle & Glass Publishing
Join Brindle & Glass and friends for the launch of WHEN IS A MAN by Victoria's own Aaron Shepard.

Tuesday, April 8
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Copper Owl Lounge (
1900 Douglas Street

Paul Rasmussen is a young ethnographer and academic recovering from prostate cancer. Broken, he retreats to the remote forests and towns of the Immitoin Valley. As an outsider, he discovers how difficult it is to know a place, let alone become a part of it. Then, a drowned man and a series of encounters with the locals force him to confront the valley’s troubled past and his own uncertain future. As Paul turns his attention to the families displaced forty years earlier by the flooding of the valley to create a hydroelectric dam, his desire to reinvent himself runs up against the bitter emotions and mysterious connections that linger in the community in the aftermath of the flood.

An original debut novel that is meditative, raw, and exuberant in tone, Aaron Shepard’s WHEN IS A MAN offers a fresh perspective on landscape and masculinity.

“Lyrical, compassionate, erotic: this is a haunting portrayal of how a man can forget—and then remember—what it means to be desired.” —D. W. Wilson, author of Once You Break a Knuckle

"An intimate and affecting exploration of screw-tight landscapes of the Interior. Shepard paints scenes in smoke and snow and light and dark, and the crack language and iron settings of river, mountain and forest put me in mind of the best of Ken Kesey the merry prankster. When is a Man is complex and stubborn and a serious joy.” —Mark Anthony Jarman, author of 19 Knives and Dancing Nightly in the Tavern

About the author:
Aaron Shepard has written award-winning short fiction and has been published in a number of Canadian literary journals, including the Fiddlehead and PRISM International. His personal essay “Edge of the Herd” appears in the anthology Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s MFA in Creative Writing program, and has served on the Malahat Review’s fiction board. An avid outdoorsman, Aaron enjoys hiking, camping, birdwatching, and cross-country skiing in his spare time. When is a Man is his debut novel. Visit Aaron online at and follow him on Twitter at @AaronWhen.

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