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Weyburn author Anne Lazurko to have local launch for new novel

Lazurko is launching her novel, What is Written on the Tongue, on May 25 at the Ramada Hotel

WEYBURN – Weyburn author Anne Lazurko will hold a launch of her second novel, What is Written on the Tongue, at the Ramada Hotel in Weyburn on Wednesday, May 25, starting at 7 p.m.

“I'll do a reading and then we'll have an interview/discussion of the book with local award-winning playwright, Leeann Minogue, for part of the event,” said Lazurko.

The discussion will touch on how her novel came to be, including her trip to Indonesia for research.

The novel, entitled, “What Is Written On The Tongue”, follows the journey of a young man, Sam, through two different wars. He lived in Holland under the Nazi occupation, and then served his country in Indonesia during that nation’s struggle for independence.

The initial idea for the story came from her dad, as he spoke often about being a teenager under the Nazis when they occupied Holland.

“Some of the WWII stories in the novel were based on my mom and dad’s actual story. I heard those stories my whole life – but those set in Indonesia are not so much my dad’s story. He had a desk job in Jakarta, where he worked in administration for three years,” she said in an earlier interview about her book.

There will be a reception and book signing to follow.

Lazurko’s first novel, Dollybird, won the Willa Award for Historical Fiction, and she has had short fiction and poetry published in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies.