Carrie Knowles - A Garden Wall in Provence
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Join Carrie Knowles for the launch of her latest novel A Garden Wall in Provence.
A Garden Wall in Provence stirs together a chaotic week of mishaps and misunderstandings in Avignon, France. In this light‐hearted story of family and love, Madame Reynaud reigns at the helm of her neighborhood. Her daughter Monique, who years ago was maimed by the violent mistral wind, is determined to break free from her mother’s tender, yet stifling care. But Madame Reynaud is quite oblivious to her daughter’s plan. She is preoccupied with planning Monique’s birthday celebration. When Madame Reynaud is tricked into inviting every one of her elderly friends to come to the house on Sunday for her surprise party, she learns that Monique has a surprise of her own. All Madame Reynaud’s problems come crashing down at the annual Fete of the Three Kings, when she finds herself in a compromising situation with the baker, Monsieur Boffard. In the end, the Gypsy Queen from the laundry sets the situation on straight, for she sees the future and tells Madame Reynaud what she must do—the solution she really knew all along.
Like Provence itself, Carrie Knowles’s A Garden Wall in Provence has a fairy tale quality. This lovely novella takes us to a quiet corner of Avignon where we can enjoy the charming particulars of the Provencal culture, unchanged for centuries. Amid baguettes, unruly dogs, santons, and the fresh wind of the Mistral, we meet Madame Reynaud and her daughter Monique as they prepare for a season of celebration that will bring change to their comfortable existence. Knowles has created a light-hearted and engaging tale, which has, much like that Provencal confection, Gateau Des Rois, many tiny treasures baked into the batter.
Carrie is also in Brisbane for a special exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Arts (BIA) entitled: The Inevitable Past. The BIA exhibition will run from 11 - 24 November. Carrie's piece is a 22 foot batk and embroidery shroud entitled: The Grandmother Speaks.
Carrie Knowles has been a freelance writer for more than forty-five years. She has published widely in both fiction and non-fiction and has won a number of prestigious writing awards, including: Midland Authors Poetry Award, the American Heart Association Heart and Torch Award for Creative Journalism, and Glimmer Train’s Very-Short Fiction Contest. Glimmer Train has recognized five of her short stories as either Top 25 Finalists in their competitions or Honorable Mentions. Her non-fiction book, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s, has been noted as one of the top 100 books written about Alzheimer’s. She has three novels: Lillian’s Garden, Ashoan’s Rug, and A Garden Wall in Provence. In addition to being a writer, Carrie is an accomplished artist. Her work has been shown and is in private collections in: Australia, Europe and the United States. She also has a piece in the permanent collection of the Hurn Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Carrie was named the 2014 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction.