Posted: Tuesday November 20, 2012
We are happy to report that Morris Panych’s In Absentia, Annabel Soutar’s Seeds, and the new version of John MacLachlan Gray’s Billy Bishop Goes to War are now available!
Four seasons after her husband Tom’s disappearance, Colette remains emotionally paralyzed, isolated in a country cottage. She waits in anguish, not knowing whether he is dead or alive, but clinging to hope. A young stranger in a jean jacket waves to her from the frozen lake – a sign? She emerges to give him her husband’s parka – strangely, the boy has a likeness to Tom. Part mystery, part moving story of vanished love, Panych’s In Absentia explores the notion of disappearance, articulated in very personal terms.
Part courtroom drama and part social satire, Soutar’s Seeds presents an intelligent portrait of farming and scientific communities in conflict and at the same time penetrates the complex science of genetically modified crops. The play documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto Inc., a David-and-Goliath struggle that cast Schmeiser as the small-farmer underdog fighting the unscrupulous major corporation.
One of Canada’s most successful and enduring musical plays, John MacLachlan Gray’s Billy Bishop Goes to War was first published in 1982 and went on to win the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the Governor General’s Award for Drama. In 2010, the celebrated story of the World War One flying ace – credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire – was revised to frame the original play as a retrospective.
You can read more about the 2nd Edition of Billy Bishop Goes to War in the current issue of BC Bookworld on page 14.