The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

The author of New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick Lucky returns with a spellbinding story of rock ’n’ roll and star-crossed love—about grunge-era musician Jane Pyre’s journey to find out what really happened to her husband and partner in music, who abruptly disappeared years earlier. We have the backstage pass with author Marissa Stapley alongside a live grunge band on October 30 at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. as we discuss The Lightning Bottles. Tickets include a drink ticket, live entertainment and a copy of Marissa’s novel, The Lightning Bottles. 

He was the troubled face of rock ’n’ roll…until he suddenly disappeared without a trace. 

Jane Pyre was once half of the famous rock n’ roll duo, the Lightning Bottles. Years later, she’s perhaps the most hated—and least understood—woman in music. She was never as popular with fans as her bandmate (and soulmate), Elijah Hart—even if Jane was the one who wrote the songs that catapulted the Lightning Bottles to instant, dizzying fame, first in the Seattle grunge scene, then around the world. 

But ever since Elijah disappeared five years earlier and the band’s meteoric rise to fame came crashing down, the public hatred of Jane has taken on new levels, and all she wants to do is retreat. What she doesn’t anticipate is the bombshell that awaits her at her new home in the German countryside: the sullen teenaged girl next door—a Lightning Bottles superfan—who claims to have proof that not only is Elijah still alive, he’s also been leaving secret messages for Jane. And they need to find them right away. 

A cross-continent road trip about two misunderstood outsiders brought together by their shared love of music, The Lightning Bottles is both a love letter to the 90s and a searing portrait of the cost of fame. 

Marissa Stapley is the New York Times bestselling author of Lucky, a Reese’s Book Club pick, and several other internationally bestselling novels, many of which have been optioned for television and translated into several languages. She has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, and creative writing teacher, and currently resides in Toronto with her family.

About the Venue

The Second Wedge Brewing Co.

The Second Wedge Brewing Co. in Uxbridge is the second of the four wedges of the Oak Ridges Moraine. They are dedicated to brewing beer that brings as much joy to others as the trails of Uxbridge brings to them.

Don’t forget to try the brewery’s special Book Drunkard Festival beer at their venue as well as the raspberry beer brewed in honour of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspired by Anne’s raspberry cordial, available during the ‘Nod to Maud’ cocktail party!

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