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Pugwash

by Vern Thiessen

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list price: $17.95
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published: Nov 2019
ISBN:9780369100603
Description

In 1957 the world is tender and fearful of nuclear weapons post-World War II. In an effort to understand and facilitate a neutral global discussion and find some peace, leading scientists and academics—world-renowned “Thinkers”—are invited to a conference in the small town of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, by philanthropist Cyrus Eaton.

Curious about the exciting events when their town is often only ravaged by fires, two local children, Conni and Jamie, take interest in hosting some of the Thinkers—particularly Alex from Russia and Ogawa from Japan. The Thinkers are humbled by the innocent welcome, despite being suspicious of each other, and embrace the children’s wonder by opening up to past traumas. But a spy disguised as a reporter has conned Jamie for information to use against Russia, putting the entire conference—and the town of Pugwash—at risk.

In this fictionalized story based on true events, award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen shows how an inspiring part of history made a local impact and established an internationally-renowned legacy.

About the Author
Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. His work has been seen across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Vern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding New Play, the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Vern received his BA from the University of Winnipeg and an M.F.A. from the University of Alberta. He currently lives in Edmonton, where he is the artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.
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Age:
12 to 18
Grade:
7 to 13
Editorial Review

“It's an intelligent and thoughtful play that is relevant in many ways to today's political climate, while shedding light on an intriguing local story.” —Michael Lake, The Coast

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