Larry Swatuk was born in Riverside, Ontario, a small town that became part of Windsor in 1967. He grew up on the Detroit River waterfront where his parents ran Island View Tavern, locally known as 'Abars'. He was educated at the universities of Windsor (B.A., M.A.) and Dalhousie (PhD) in Canada. He is currently a professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Prior to moving to Waterloo, he spent 14 years in Africa working in various countries, including Nigeria, South Africa and Botswana. He is married to Dr. Corrine Cash and they currently live in Kitchener, Ontario.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a great number of writers from the UK: Roddy Doyle, Martin Amis, Hilary Mantel, Graham Swift, James Kelman, Pat Barker, the list goes on and on. As a Canadian, I take great pleasure in reading our own writers. Of course Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields (I once received 3 copies of 'Larry's Party' for Christmas - people thought it was clever). But newer writers too like Michael Crummey whose River Thieves just blew me away. Further afield, I love Doris Lessing's early stuff, and most of what J.M. Coetzee has written. But I think my favorite writer of all time is Patrick White from Australia. His books can be very difficult to get into, but once you are in it is impossible to get out!
Jack is 80 years old. He’s just suffered a heart-attack while playing shinny down at the local arena. Jack’s wife, Mary, is on a Middle East peace mission and cannot be reached. Jack’s nephews Logan and Andrew play for the Toronto Maple Leafs who are in the finals for the first time in 70 years. Will Jack survive? Will Mary bring peace to the Middle East? Will the Leafs win the Stanley Cup?