Lives Lived, Lives Imagined Hybrid Book Launch

  • November 25, 2022
  • 7:00pm CST
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers

Lives Lived, Lives Imagined

Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews

Sabrina Reed (Author)

Lives Lived, Lives Imagined is a timely examination of Miriam Toews’s oeuvre and a celebration of fiction’s ability to simultaneously embody compassion and anger, joy and sadness, and to brave the personal and communal oppressions of politics, religion, family, society, and mental illness.

Join Sabrina Reed for the launch of Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews. This event features a conversation with Alison Calder.

The launch 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. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events at the store.

In this first monograph to cover Miriam Toews’s entire oeuvre, Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews by Sabrina Reed demonstrates how Toews exposes and resists oppressive systems in her writing. A celebration of autofiction as a reparative gesture in the face of trauma, this close examination of Toews’s books will appeal to both scholars and other interested readers of Canadian literature.


A professor in the Department of English, Languages and Cultures at Mount Royal University since 1993, Sabrina Reed’s research centres on disability narratives within the context of Canadian Literature. She is drawn to Miriam Toews’s strong female characters, her focus on resilience in spite of great hardship, her humour, and her ongoing examination of the personal and familial effects of mental illness.

Poet Alison Calder teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba. She has published widely on Canadian prairie literature and culture.

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.