Cape Breton Regional Library

Author Reading: Ethel Whitty

Ethel Whitty was born and raised in Cape Breton and emigrated to the West Coast in her early twenties. She wrote ‘The Light a Body Radiates’ in stolen moments and occasional weeks of solitude while working for twelve years as the Director of the Carnegie Community Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Join the author for readings from her book ‘The Light a Body Radiates’, followed by a short Q&A.

Everyone welcome. Books available for purchase & signing.


Set in working class Cape Breton, against the backdrop of the 60’s revolution, the AIDS epidemic of the 80’s, and the “culturally imperative migration” that urged so many away from the places they called home, ‘The Light a Body Radiates’ is a story that engages powerfully with questions of place, secrets, loyalty, and what it means to “take care of your own.”



McConnell Library - 50 Falmouth Street

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