Join us on November 1st for a reading from Carys Cragg’s book, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet The Man Who Murdered My Father.
When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for a period of two years. She learns of his horrific childhood, and the reasons he lied about the murder; in turn, he learns about the man he killed. She mines his letters for clues about the past before agreeing to meet him in person, when she learns startling new information about the crime.
Special guest long-time Calgary court reporter Kevin Martin will join Carys Cragg and interview her about her new book.
Carys Cragg is an instructor in Child, Family & Community Studies at Douglas College. Her personal essays and reviews have appeared in such venues as The Globe & Mail and The Tyee. She is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver.
Kevin Martin is the Legal Affairs reporter for Postmedia in Calgary, covering the court beat for both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. He’s covered hundreds of murder cases over the years, including the trial of Sheldon Klatt, the Calgary man who brutally and fatally stabbed Dr. Geoffrey Cragg in his University Heights home in September, 1992.