Department of English

University of Toronto

Book Launch for Andre Babyn's "Evie of the Deepthorn"

Event date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Location: Houndstooth Cafe (818 College St, Toronto)

Come join us at the Houndstooth Cafe (818 College St, Toronto) from 7-9 pm for the launch of (English PhD student) André Babyn's Evie of the Deepthorn, described as a "deeply affecting and daring novel about small towns, art, and loneliness." 

 Hosted by Zak Jones, with readings by André Babyn, Jess Taylor, Cassidy McFadzean, and Charlotte Kidd. Readings start at 7:30. Free and open to the public. 


What is Evie of the Deepthorn? 

It’s a cult Canadian movie that Kent looks to for inspiration as he struggles to understand the death of his brother. It’s a fantasy novel that Sarah wrestles with as she navigates a traumatic childhood and comes to terms with her failures as an adult. It’s a poem that motivates Reza to go on a pilgrimage from which he will not return unscathed. Shifting and sometimes contradictory, Evie of the Deepthorn is about the search for answers — and escape.


 "André's writing is poised and mature and exceptional. The honesty and intelligence of his voice is so rare these days, in fiction. The believability of his central character never wavers and by the end of the book I was in tears. The book is layered and layered with mystery, poetry, suffering and hope, the best kind of writing. Really, truly, it's a stunning work and I hope you get a chance to read it."—Miriam Toews, author of "Women Talking" 

"Babyn's debut novel has moments of deeply affecting writing and captures the emotional void of depression and the fear that trembles alongside desire with a deft touch."—Kirkus Reviews

 "Evie of the Deepthorn challenges the psyche like a cautionary tale. By turns of heartbreak, dissolution, victory, and more, the prose is as poetic as it is haunting. A work for those with a daring heart."—Téa Mutonji, author of "Shut Up, You’re Pretty" 

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