Book Bag: James Bartleman

  • April 12, 2015
  • 10:00 am
  • Hart House Debates Room, 2nd floor

Exceptional Circumstances, the latest novel from James Bartleman, travels back in time to the October Crisis of 1970. While technically a work of fiction, Bartleman draws from his first-hand experience as a Canadian diplomat to create a spy novel that is as thrilling as it eye-opening to the politics of Canadian terrorism, torture and diplomacy. Join Bartleman for a continental breakfast as he reads from and discusses his latest novel with festival production director, Michael Booth.

  • Free



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