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A Memoir

by (author) Dennis Garnhum & Cathy Ostlere

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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Late September, 1995. Cathy and her family are waiting for her youngest brother to call them on his birthday. For years it has been a family tradition that no matter where in the world David might be-from Australia to China to England-he will call on his birthday. The day passes and by evening there has been no call. Could he have forgotten?

A month before, David and his girlfriend Sarah set sail from Ireland in their boat Mugwump, headed for the tropical island of Madeira. What should have been a two-week journey becomes a mystery as days and months pass with no sign of the missing boat. Unable to wait helplessly at home, Cathy travels to Madeira determined to uncover information, or better yet, find her missing brother. Instead of finding answers, the beautiful and sensual island of Madeira stirs Cathy's longings and she begins to examine the choices she has made in her own life. How can she care for her three young children and a husband recovering from cancer, when she no longer sleeps, and is up every night wondering what happened to Mugwump?

Lost: A Memoir is an inspiring true story that demonstrates what it means to live a life filled with love, loss, compassion and boundless dreams.

About the authors

Dennis Garnhum is the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary. In 2007 his adaptation of Timothy Findley's The Wars premiered at Theatre Calgary before being transferred to the Vancouver Playhouse. Dennis has directed plays at most of the major theatre companies in Canada. For the Stratford Festival of Canada, Dennis directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the premieres of two plays by Timothy Findley, Shadows and The Trials of Ezra Pound. For the Shaw Festival: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Still Life, Sorry, Wrong Number and S.S. Tenacity. Dennis has directed the premiere productions of Maureen Hunter's Vinci, Steve LaPlante's Down The Main Drag, and Teresa Rebeck's Two Orphans.

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Cathy Ostlere was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Cathy’s first book, Lost: A Memoir, began as a series of poems but grew into creative non-fiction essays and eventually into a full-length memoir. Essays excerpted from Lost: A Memoir have been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, and CBC Literary Awards. Lost: A Memoir was a finalist for the prestigious 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. Her second book, Karma, a verse novel, was released in March 2011.

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Editorial Reviews

"There is no question Lost: A Memoir will become a staple of professional theatres around the world." - Calgary Sun

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