Jane Urquhart was one of the authors featured at the Festival’s March 31 Canada 150 event.
Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s most beloved and iconic authors, will read from A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects. The book has been described as a “lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada. Jane Urquhart chooses fifty Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation.” The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope. Urquhart brings the curiosity of the novelist and the eloquence of the poet to her task, and each object is beautifully illustrated by noted artist Scott McKowen.
Years Participated: 1999, 2017