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Donna Besel’s Book Launch

November 18, 2021 at7:00 am - 8:30 pm


Join award-winning writers Donna Besel and Lauren Carter as they discuss Besel’s new book The Unravelling: Incest and the Destruction of a Family (University of Regina Press).

In her ground-breaking memoir, Donna Besel tells what happens after she and her sisters report their father’s crimes. With honesty and creativity, she describes the emotional and legal challenges that her family faced, after the abuse disclosures erupted at a sister’s wedding.

Donna Besel grew up at West Hawk Lake and her “boreal stories” have earned national recognition. When she’s not writing, she leads workshops for students of all ages. The forests of Eastern Manitoba, where she has always lived, provide endless ideas and settings.

Lauren Carter is a writer of fiction and poetry who has lived in Manitoba since 2013. Her last book, the novel This Has Nothing to Do with You, explored familial trauma and won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.

Three times, Lauren and Donna have hosted a women writers’ retreat at Falcon Trails Resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Their candid conversation about The Unravelling will delve into Donna’s journey to overcome her traumatic past by becoming a storyteller and claiming her truth.


McNally Robinson Booksellers &
The University of Regina Press
are pleased to present Donna Besel launching The Unravelling:
Incest and the Destruction of a Family

Grant Park in the Atrium / Simultaneously Live on YouTube
Hosted by Lauren Carter

This event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. In person, hybrid events feature limited capacity. Arrive early to be assured of a seat. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Double vaccination status and masks required. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.


November 18, 2021
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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McNally Robinson
(204) 475-0483
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Grant Park 1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 2A6 Canada
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