What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest book is a novel entitled The Good Doctor.
Quick description: The story revolves around an imposter pretending to be the renowned “medical missionary”, Doctor Wilfred Grenfell. The real Dr. Grenfell arrived in Newfoundland in 1882 as part of a mission for deep sea fishermen. After staffing a hospital ship, helping to set up nursing stations in Labrador, and founding a hospital in northern Newfoundland, he began to reach extraordinary levels of fame, particularly in the US where he did most of his fundraising. We first encounter the “fake” Dr. Grenfell on the lecture circuit of the northeastern US in 1910. The story traces their common history as medical students in the London of the 1880s when they shadowed each other through the East End slums, through the wards and corridors of the London training hospital, and through the affections of a young nurse. It transpires the doctors remain more closely linked than we could have imagined.
And if you are in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Thurs. Sept. 18:
Please join us for the official launch of The Good Doctor by Paul Butler on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Chapters (70 Kenmount Road, St. John’s). The book will be available for purchase. The author will read from his work at the beginning of the event and then sign copies. There will be light refreshments.
From acclaimed author Paul Butler comes The Good Doctor – a tale of intrigue and mystery. A man claiming to be the famed medical missionary Doctor Wilfred Grenfell confounds an assembly gathered to listen to a fundraising lecture. Thirty years later, a journalist tracks the history between the imposter and the real Grenfell.
For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709-739-4477 ext. 24 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420 ext. 24) or visit http://www.flankerpress.com.
Paul Butler is the author of ten novels including Titanic Ashes (2012), Hero (2009) and NaGeira (2006). His work has appeared on the judges’ lists for Canada Reads, the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years (2011, 2010 and 2009), and he was a winner in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times between 2003 and 2008 at which time he retired from the competition to be literary representative, and then chair, of the Arts and Letters Committee. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Canada in 1994, and lives now in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he works as an editor and runs creative writing workshops both live and online with a special focus on the novel.
What are you working on now?
I have been working on a novel set partly in St. John’s, Newfoundland, during the ferocious winter of 1818 when the harbour was frozen over and supplies diminishing.
Paul’s reading recommendation:
I have been reading some books by Sarah Waters, most recently The Little Stranger which is set in a kind of crumbling post World War II Britain and is a highly unusual take on the ghost story. One of the things I particularly enjoy about her novels is the depth of her understanding of the times she sets them in. The era itself almost becomes one of the characters whether it’s the grimy 1870s of Fingersmith, or the despondency of 1940s/50s England in The Little Stranger.