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Poirier-Bures schedules book readings

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 11 - November 2, 1995

That Shining Place, a memoir by Simone Poirier-Bures, who teaches writing at Virginia Tech, has been published by Oberon Press.

The book is the story of a young Canadian woman's search for a simple, authentic life on the Greek island of Crete in the mid-sixties. As she tries to find an unrestrained, joyful way of living, she learns that the life she is trying to create is not possible for a woman in such a time and place. Twenty-five years later, she returns to the scene of her beautiful youthful adventures to try to come to terms with her past and the idealistic person she once was.

That Shining Place is about memory, friendship, freedom, self-awareness, and the meaning of happiness.

Poirier-Bures has a number of appearances scheduled as follows: November 10, book-launching reception at The Flossie Martin Art Gallery, Radford University, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; November 24, book signing, Waldenbooks, New River Valley Mall, 9-11 a.m.; November 24, book signing, Ram's Head Books, Roanoke, 2-4 p.m.; November 25, presentation and book signing, Borders Bookstore, Pentagon City, Arlington, 2-4 p.m.; December 2, reading and book signing, Volume II Bookstore, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, 2-4 p.m.; December 16, book signing, Books A Million, Roanoke (time TBA); December 19, reading, Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea (part of the Artemis Reading Series), 7 p.m.

Poirier-Bures is the author of Candyman, a novel set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was born and raised. Her fiction and prose have been published in numerous literary journals and in five anthologies.