Authors@Acadia Present Tom Gallant
Deep Roots & Authors@Acadia present
"A Life in Words and Music" in which Tom Gallant tries to explain why he's never had an honest job. Friday Sept. 26 @ 3pm in the Quiet Reading Room, Vaughan Memorial Library.
Never idle, with wide ranging interests and enthusiasms, Tom Gallant has produced a large volume of quality work in all mediums. This work is marked by a willingness to take chances, tempered by an understanding of what it means to communicate to an audience. The absence of public accomplishment in the eighties and early nineties is explained by Gallant’s fifty thousand miles of deep water sailing in his Nova Scotian schooner. As well as his work as a writer, he is a singer-songwriter of national reputation in Canada, an actor/director whose work has been well reviewed in both theatre and film. His work is marked by one unifying principle… that love abides through all the hypocrisy, greed and foolishness, and that it is in simplicity, humility, and empathy that true greatness resides. He also keeps close to his heart, his Uncle Walter’s saying… “Anything in life that ain’t a mystery, is sheer guesswork.”
Tom Gallant’s poetry and prose has been included in many anthologies. His magazine work includes “A Good Place for Dreamers”, nominated for a National Magazine Award when published in “This Country” and subsequently condensed in Reader’s Digest. His recent work includes pieces for WOODENBOAT Magazine, and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF YACHT DESIGNERS. His book, A HARD CHANCE, Sailing Into the Heart of Love, was nominated for three Atlantic Book Awards and Winner of one. His new novel, THE LORD GOD BIRD, was released in hard cover in April, 2012, by the Quantuck Lane Press. It is distributed by Norton’s in the US and Penguin in Canada.