Author to Author: The Fusion of Fact and Fiction

“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.” —Francis Bacon

Critically acclaimed authors Tara McGuire and Frances Peck create worlds that feel real because of accurate local and technical details, and also journey into emotional and psychological truths that only fiction can reveal.

In this inspiring author conversation, Tara and Frances will discuss the making of their books: their process, research, characters, themes, and the choices they made to blend fact and fiction on the page.

Their books will be for sale (cash or e-transfer).


Author Bios:

Tara McGuire is a writer and broadcaster from North Vancouver. Her first book, Holden After & Before — Love Letter for a Son Lost to Overdose, a hybrid work in memoir and fiction exploring grief, motherhood, and the overdose crisis (Arsenal Pulp Press), was recognized by The Walrus as one of the favourite books of 2022 and was a finalist for the 2023 City of Vancouver Book Award.  https://taramcguire.com/

Frances Peck is the author of Uncontrolled Flight, a “complex and revelatory” (Vancouver Sun) story about the death of an aerial firefighter. Her previous novel, The Broken Places, about an earthquake rocking Vancouver, was a Globe and Mail best book of 2022 and a finalist for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. She lives in North Vancouver.



Registration required. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

This event takes place in the Community Meeting Room at Lynn Valley Library.


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Lynn Valley


Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


  • Adults