May 12, 2018
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet Caroline Misner Saturday May 12
We are delighted to welcome long time cottager and new resident Caroline Misner to our community. Rumour has it there will a bit of live jazz to kick off the event. Join us for refreshments and a reading by Misner from 11 til noon. Signed copies of The Spoon Asylum will be available. All welcome. Admission is by donation.
The Spoon Asylum
by Caroline Misner
It is the summer of 1933 and young Haven Cattrell, seeking work, finds himself abandoned in the small northern Ontario town of Davisville. At an exclusive summer camp for girls he befriends Wetherby Moss and his son Jude who introduce him to the joys and heartaches of jazz.
Jazz had taken a hard blow, during the first-half of the 1930s. Although there was still work to be had for some in places like New York, musicians in other parts of the country were barely existing on what venues remained. Wetherby and Jude had come from that reality and, as Haven mastered the jazz trumpet, he learns the horrifying truth about why Wetherby, his mentor, had to flee his home in Detroit and find sanctuary with his son among the unique subculture of rural Northern Ontario.
But Haven’s story is bigger than his love of jazz. It is the story of the racism that haunted black jazz musicians in the 30s, and how that racism found its way to Davisville. It is the story of how love can blind young men and save them from themselves, and it is the story of how important it is to dream when the chaos and hard times around you want to drag you down.
Caroline’s work has appeared in numerous commercial and literary journals throughout the USA, Canada and the UK. She has written six novels and excerpts from several of them have been published in various literary journals. “Strange Fruit” a short story excerpt from her novel “The Myth of the Immortal Child” first published in Issue 51 of the Prairie Journal was nominated for a Journey Prize in 2008. A poem “Piano Lesson” first published in “Puffin Circus” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Another short story entitled “A Necessary Sadness” first published in “Forge Journal” in 2011 has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. This year her novella “The Watchmaker” was published by Vagabodage Press and a copy can be purchased through Amazon or the publisher’s website.