Simon Johnston, a member of Holy Trinity, White Rock and chair of Synod Planning for the diocese will be presenting a lecture to the Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia.
Simon has just had his historical novel The House of Wives (HOW) published and within a week it was on the Canadian Fiction Bestseller list. inspired by the lives of his Jewish ancestors, the book follows the life of a young Indian Jew who leaves his wife behind in Calcutta as he goes to Hong Kong to make his fortune in the early opium trade. He remains there, falls in love and starts a relationship with a young Chinese beauty, the daughter of his business partner. Then his wife arrives from Calcutta. This is the story of two remarkable women determined to secure a dynasty for their children in the tumultuous world of 19th century Hong Kong.
Unlike the book launch events that took place in May, this will include a power point presentation detailing some of the historical elements of the novel.
This is a good opportunity for those who missed the launch events in May and also a good opportunity for those who have read the book and would like some more background.
IMAGE: Simon Johnston at the Vancouver Launch of The HOW May 17, 2016.