Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl, published by Random House of Canada and longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, will be appearing at the 2013 Saskatchewan Festival of Words July 18-21st. The Golden Mean, Lyon’s first novel, is a Canadian bestseller and winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Lyon’s work has been nominated for numerous awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Ethel Wilson Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
Set in ancient Greece, Random House describes The Sweet Girl as the story of the smart Pythias and Aristotle who finds her able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. But when Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, and sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis where Aristotle soon dies. His orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle's daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but also grace and the capacity to love.
(photo credit Phillip Chin)