Thursday, October 19 sees the official launch of Bruce Fraser’s latest political thriller, the extraordinarily timely and resonant Noah’s Raven. The public is invited to come down to the Law Courts, meet Bruce, and hear him do a reading from the book. With the current political situation we find ourselves in, the timing of this release could not be more powerful.
Noah’s Raven imagines the intersection of the American electoral process with First Nations’ land rights. It chronicles the rise of Trump-like billionaire presidential hopeful Billy Joe Northrop and good ol’ boy political strategist Bull O’Connor, who plan to take the White House by storm through deceit and backroom deals. Dating Northrop’s daughter Harriet, Atlanta reporter Fred Scully stumbles upon the story of a lifetime — one that he may not live to tell. On the run, Scully finds himself drawn to the Chilcotin and First Nations elder Noah Hanlon, who may hold the key to the future of two nations.
Hanlon’s attempts to preserve his ancient ancestral homeland are challenged by the outside interests personified in Northrop and O’Connor. These opportunistic Americans threaten to conquer the pristine wilderness of the Chilcotin with a development that will irrevocably scar the land. The region may change forever — as will history — if Hanlon can’t overcome personal tragedy to fight for the land he loves.
We would be delighted to see you there, Thursday at 4:30-8pm at the Law Courts Inn on Smithe Street.