An Author Reading: Lori Weber

On Wednesday evening, I attended an author reading at Ross King Memorial Library in Mount Pearl. Lori Weber is a YA novelist from Montreal Quebec and she was in town to promote her latest novel If You Live Like Me, a story set in St. John’s Newfoundland.   The protagonist, Cheryl,  is sixteen and in the throes of yet another upheaval when her anthropologist father announces they must move house once again, this time to the city of St. John’s Newfoundland.   The story details her struggle to fit in and make friends at a time when life  is already fraught with insecurity.   She eventually  meets a neighbour, a boy named Jim, who becomes a close friend and confidant.  Together they help each other find their way across the rocky terrain of adolescence.   The story is a timeless portrait of young love and Lori Weber has done an exceptional job of translating the inner emotional language of teens and I recommend the book to anyone who is a fan of the YA genre or who lives with a teen with a appetite for reading.  This novel is a much welcome alternative to the vampire novels crowding the shelves of nearly every book store and the fact that it’s set in this country and city  makes it even more intriguing and unique.

Lori Weber is a poet as well as the author of five other books in addition to If You Live Like Me and her writing is award winning.  She is also a teacher and speaks with the ease of a seasoned educator, and while listening to her read a passage from her book,  the passion she feels for the story is palpable.  It is this love for her characters that draws the reader in, thus making them an active participant emotionally, rather than a passive observer as the details of the plot unfold.

Below I have a photo of Lori holding her book as well as the table display of her other novels.   Please visit her web site and if you are interested in purchasing one of her many wonderful stories, you will be supporting a fantastic writer and a gem of a lady who has many more stories to write and share with us in the future.


Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

4 thoughts on “An Author Reading: Lori Weber”

    1. I do too Jessie, but unfortunately we aren’t inundated with such things on this rock in the middle of the sea. Bizarre and tragic really, considering Annie Proulx set her Shipping News in this province and spends the summer on one of the smaller islands, writing in peace and quiet. In addition, a large number of Canadian writers appear to be in a government of Canada Grants for the Arts coma, therefore, no incentive to try exists. Think writer welfare for those on the inside and you get the picture. It isn’t good for an artist to be too comfortable and safe, it poisons the water of creativity. I also don’t think political hands should be messing with the words, it feels scary. To her credit, Lori Weber was a joy to meet and her reading was splendid. Her book is wonderfully written and she has captured a certain cultural element of this province expertly. You are so lucky to live where you do, you have so much opportunity to share and promote your work.

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