Each week, What's Online features a curated selection of Koffler.Digital artist projects and publications, Koffler Gallery exhibitions and online gallery publications, features on recent community-engaged programs, as well as podcasts of past Books & Ideas events, talks and discussions.

In light of having to postpone the Toronto launch of award-winning author Shani Mootoo’s highly-anticipated new book and conversation with novelist Catherine Bush (originally scheduled for April 2), the Koffler’s Mary Anderson, Manager of Literary & Public Programs, asked Shani to record herself reading the opening pages of her new book from her home in Prince Edward County, Ontario. 

Grab a coffee or a tea and have a listen here! The book is also available to purchase on Book*hug Press' website, where they are offering 25% off all titles until April 30.

In Polar Vortex, couple Priya and Alexandra move to a picturesque countryside town, only to have their quiet lives upended by the reappearance of a figure from one of the woman’s pasts. Seductive and tension-filled, it is a story of secrets, deceptions, and revenge.

Praise for Polar Vortex from author Amitava Kumar:

"The past isn't even past – and the present is tense with conflicting desires and untold stories. What brings clarity to this setting is Shani Mootoo's limpid prose, clean and bracing. Polar Vortex is an honest, but also moving, exploration of true intimacy." 

The Koffler presented Shani Mootoo in an on-stage conversation with Amitava Kumar in 2019, discussing his latest novel, Immigrant, Montana. The talk is also available to stream or download on the Koffler's Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud pages.

We hope you are staying well, and for those observing Passover or Easter, wish you a healthy and peaceful holiday and better days ahead. Warmest wishes from the Koffler team. 

Karen Tisch
Executive Director
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