Besner bringing memoir to Free Press book club2 minute read Yesterday at 4:10 PM CDT
The Free Press Book Club is pleased to welcome Neil Besner to the next virtual meeting on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss his memoir Fishing With Tardelli: A Memoir of Family in Time Lost.
Published by ECW Press in May 2022, Fishing with Tardelli is a literary rumination on Besner’s early years, spent primarily in Brazil (doing plenty of fishing) and Montreal. (He would eventually settle in Winnipeg, where he taught in the English department at the University of Winnipeg until his retirement in 2017, and now splits most of his time between Toronto and his cottage at Lake of the Woods.)
While the rich, literary narrative style of Fishing with Tardelli reads almost like fiction, everything is as Besner recalls it having happened. “In my humble view, memory is all we have — it’s very, very important to get things right, to tell the truth,” he told the Free Press in an interview last June prior to the Winnipeg launch of his book. “The events in the book are the things I remember. They’re small-t true.”
In the Free Press review of Fishing With Tardelli, Douglas J. Johnston said “these are slices of family history filtered through a merging of literal and literary landscapes and seascapes. His childhood accounts of catching fish off the coast of Rio with just a handline are striking, the writing at once lyrical and grittily descriptive.”
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