‘Fight Night’ with Miriam Toews
Mon 06 Jun 2022
7:00pm at Walcot House, 90B Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG
Doors at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets include author interview, and 15% discount on any books bought on the night.
Every bookshop has an author wishlist for events, and Canadian author Miriam Toews has held a firm place on ours for many years now. We could not be more excited to welcome Miriam to Bath for what promises to be an extraordinary evening as we discuss her latest novel Fight Night; a powerful, witty and immensely enjoyable tale of three generations of one extraordinary Mennonite family.
Miriam Toews is the author of nine books, including A Complicated Kindness, Irma Voth, All My Puny Sorrows, and Women Talking, and if you’ve been into Mr B’s over the years you’ll probably have had one of these books thrust into your hands by a member of our team! To put into perspective just how much we adore Toews’ writing, most of our team had already read and loved Fight Night before we’d even seen in the new year, and it led our own bookseller Tess on a journey devouring everything Toews had ever written!
Needless to say, if you ask us – Miriam Toews is one of those extraordinary writers that only comes along once in a blue moon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the chance to talk to her about Fight Night, and we very much hope you’ll join us!
You are a small thing, and you must learn to fight.
Swiv has taken her grandmother’s advice too literally. Now she’s at home, suspended from school. Mom is pregnant and preoccupied – and so Swiv is in the older woman’s charge, receiving a very different form of education from a teacher with a style all her own.
Grandma likes her stories fast, troublesome and funny. She’s known the very worst that life can throw at you – and has met it every time with a wild, unnameable spirit, fighting for joy and independence every step of the way. But will maths lessons based on Amish jigsaws and classes on How to Dig a Winter Grave inspire the same fire in Swiv, and ensure it never goes out? Time is running short.
Grandma’s health is failing, the baby is on the way, as a family of three extraordinary women prepare to face life’s great changes together. Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl’s love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family’s fighting spirit.
‘Go Grandma Elvira!’ – Margaret Atwood *** ‘Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.’ – The New Yorker *** ‘Glorious.’ – Sarah Moss *** ‘A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.’ – Glamour *** ‘Miriam Toews is a genius.’ – R. O. Kwon