Friday • August 14 • 7:00 pm
All wars are senseless, but the First World War must surely be modern history's most absurd and needless waste of human life. In his latest book, Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead, Michael Winter retraces the path of the thousands of men of the Newfoundland Regiment sent to fight in the moronic trench warfare that was practically a guarantee of death. Of the 753 Newfoundlanders that fought at the Somme, only 68 survived. The book is both a travelogue through the now renewed lands where so many died, and a philosophical treatise in which Michael Winter wonders why we are becoming less moved by the madness of World War One and why it is “becoming an event without direct effect on us.”
Michael Winter is the award-winning author of two short story collections and five novels including The Architects are Here and The Death of Donna Whelan. His latest novel is Minister Without Portfolio. Its main character is plagued by tragedy and guilt, first in Afghanistan and then in the oil fields of Alberta. He eventually finds absolution in a small Newfoundland outport.