Are you looking for the perfect Fall book to read? Next month I’m hosting a read-along of one of Margaret Atwood’s most popular novels, Alias Grace. This historical novel was published in 1996 and is based on the real 1843 murder of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. Two servants in the household, Grace Marks and James McDermott were convicted of the crime. McDermott was hanged and Marks was sentenced to life in prison, but exonerated after 30 years. For decades there has been much controversy over this Canadian crime about who actually committed the act and the motivation behind it. Even Margaret Atwood has said she’s changed her mind over the years about what really happened.
Alias Grace has been on my radar for a few months ever since I read The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley. It’s a fascinating account of a book club the author participated in at Collins Bay Institution near Kingston, Ontario. The novel was a favourite of the inmates and the murder the subject of much analysis.
In addition, Netflix and CBC Canada announced early in the summer that a six-part adaptation of the novel is being produced for airing in 2017. Canadian actress/director, Sarah Polley (Away From Her) is leading the production and will direct. Actresses Anna Paquin (X-Men, True Blood) and Sarah Gadon (11.22.63, Cosmopolis) have been confirmed to star in the series.
The read-along will take places Saturday, October 1st to Saturday, November 6th. There are no hard and fast rules or a chapter schedule. Just read at your own pace and join me each week for a check-in and discussion.
Please sign-up using the linky below and spread the word using the hashtag #AliasGrace2016. Let’s see who you think was the murderer!