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Today I Learned It Was You

by Edward Riche

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Longlisted for Canada Reads 2017

When a retired actor who frequents a city park is purported to be transitioning from man to deer, municipal authorities in St. John’s, Newfoundland, find themselves confronted by an exasperatingly difficult problem.

Complications mount as advocates, bureaucrats, police, and local politicians try to corral the situation, which escalates into an even bigger problem after the story blows up on Facebook. Leading the charge is the mayor himself. A former professional hockey player and local hero, Mayor Matt Olford is juggling a number of personal challenges on top of his city’s man-deer problem: his wife has become a born-again Christian and he’s found himself attracted to one of his colleagues at City Hall. When the Prime Minister’s office calls to ask if he’ll run as a Conservative in the next federal election, Mayor Olford finds himself at a crossroads: Surrender his political values or remain as the sole voice of reason on the increasingly ineffective city council?

Hilariously sending up the drama and dysfunction of local politics, overzealous rights activists, and perils of contemporary social media, Today I Learned It Was You is another bitingly brilliant comic novel from one of Canada’s funniest and most astute literary talents.

About the Author
Edward Riche is the author of the novels Rare Birds, The Nine Planets, Easy to Like, and Today I learned it was You. He has scripted for television, three feature films, and six plays. His articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Macleans, and The Walrus. He has received five Writers Guild of Canada Awards, the Actra National Radio Award, the Winterset and Thomas Raddell Prizes for Literature, and an Atlantic Journalism Award. In 2004, Riche was named the Newfoundland and Labrador Artist of the Year. He lives in St. John’s.
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Edward Riche, an award-winning writer for page, stage, and screen, was born in Botwood on the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. His first novel, Rare Birds, was adapted into a major motion picture starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, and his second novel, The Nine Planets, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Thomas Raddall Head Award. Edward Riche lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Editorial Reviews

An entertaining story of municipal politics gone awry

— Globe and Mail

Riche's novel resounds with sharp, provocative views… ample opportunity for laughter.

— Toronto Star

This is first-rate, biting, gut-busting, topical satire from one of Canada’s funniest fiction writers.

— The Overcast

Outrageous, saucy, and bold—I love this book!

— Rick Mercer

. . . this novel is truly funny—the humour is crass and thick and real.

— Newfoundland Quarterly

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