“The last murder to take place in Shean happened almost sixty years ago when Benny Ryan and John Dan MacLean were convicted of throwing Jim Muise through the plate glass window of Murdock’s Meat Market.”
From the long overdue resolution of a small town killing, Frank Macdonald’s second novel, A Possible Madness, moves into corporate machinations to revive an exhausted coal industry. Although the town of Shean, like many Cape Breton communities, is dying a slow economic death, the prospect of returning prosperity, and its downsides, divides the citizens.
Cape Breton University Press, Macdonald’s publisher, and Bear Paw Gifts & Books are launching his book on Monday, July 25, 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in the author’s hometown of Inverness. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
Frank Macdonald’s first novel, A Forest for Calum (also published by CBU Press), was long-list ed for the 2007 IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award. Before that Macdonald was a well-respected and award-winning columnist as well as an accomplished writer of short stories, drama, poetry and songs.
His humorous, often satirical columns in the Inverness Oran have twice been anthologized. Assuming I’m Right (1990) became a stage production that has toured Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada. His play Her Wake won Best Canadian Play at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in 2010 and, also in 2010, he authored T.R.’s Adventure at Angus the Wheeler’s, a children`s book, illustrated by Virginia McCoy and published by CBU Press.
Inverness County Centre for the Arts is located at 16080 Highway 19, Inverness, Nova Scotia, and the entrance of the Centre is at the north end of the village of Inverness on the opposite side of the highway from The Inverness Beach Village. The Centre’s telephone number is (902) 258 2533.