Writers At Brome Lake Books

Claire Holden Rothman

The Quebec Writers Federation is very pleased to present a “Writers’ Out Loud” event at Brome Lake Books featuring Montreal author Claire Holden Rothman and her new book, The Heart Specialist based on the life of Dr. Maude Abbot, one of Canadian’s first female doctors and a leader in her field.
Photo of Claire Holden Rothman courtesy of Nicholas Seguin.

Montreal playwright Kit Brennan will host the event at 7 p.m. on May 5th at Brome Lake Books, 264 Knowlton Road in Knowlton. Deserts, Coffee, tea or something stronger will be available from the friendly neighbors at Cafe Inn. To reserve a seat please contact Brome Lake Books at 450-242-2242.

Created in 1998, The Quebec Writers Federation works to promote and encourage English-language writing and writers in the community. QWF created “Writers Out Loud” to showcases Quebec’s finest English-language writers from across the province and to bring them to the readers. We are grateful to Brome Lake Books and our other partners for helping to make these events possible.

The Book
Inspired by the life of Doctor Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott (1869 – 1940, Montreal), The Heart Specialist is the story of an ambitious woman pursuing her dream at the dawn of the twentieth century. Agnes is stripped of a regular childhood when her father is accused of a horrific crime and abandons the family. Never considered ladylike, she is drawn to the “wrong” things, such as microscopes, anatomy, and dissection, that lead to her finding her calling as a doctor.

Yet despite a rapid rise to stardom in the medical community, she soon finds herself up against the same glass ceiling faced by women in her field. Set against the backdrop of conflict and upheaval permeating the early 1900s, The Heart Specialist is a testament to one woman’s triumph in the face of adversity.

The Author
Claire Holden Rothman is a writer and translator. Her work on Le chercheur de trésors won her the 1994 John Glassco Translation Award. She has a BA in philosophy from McGill and a MA in English Literature from Concordia University, and has taught English at Marianoplis College and creative writing at McGill University. Claire lives in Montreal.

Host, Kit Brennan is a faculty member of the Concordia University Theatre Department. Her plays have been published and produced across Canada; they include Tiger’s Heart (G. Gordon Shillingford), The Invisibility of Eileen, Hunger Striking (Playwrights’ Coop, Toronto), Spring Planting (NuAge), Having (NuAge, 1999), and Magpie (NuAge, 1999).

Attached is a photo of Claire—please credit the photographer: Nicholas Seguin.
Requests for an interview with author Claire Holden Rothman can be made by contacting Brome Lake Books.

Thank you,
Danny McAuley
Brome Lake Books / Livres Lac BromeTel: 450 242-2242Fax: 450 242-1368

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