Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch!

November 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kitchener Public Library - Central
85 Queen St N
Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch! @ Kitchener Public Library - Central | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada

Come on out and celebrate the launch of Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart (November 1, 2022)! Emily will be reading at the Kitchener Public Library, followed by a discussion, audience Q&A, and signing books provided by Words Worth Books. The launch, hosted by author Tanis McDonald, will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 7PM ET.

Check out the Facebook event page here.

Order your copy of Ordinary Wonder Tales here!


A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday.

“I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essence of these stories,” writes Emily Urquhart. “I prefer the term wonder tale, which is Irish in origin, for its suggestion of awe coupled with narrative. In a way, this is most of our stories.” In this startlingly original essay collection, Urquhart reveals the truths that underlie our imaginings: what we see in our heads when we read, how the sight of a ghost can heal, how the entrance to the underworld can be glimpsed in an oil painting or a winter storm—or the onset of a loved one’s dementia. In essays on death and dying, pregnancy and prenatal genetics, radioactivity, chimeras, cottagers, and plague, Ordinary Wonder Tales reveals the essential truth: if you let yourself look closely, there is magic in the everyday.


Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore. Her award-winning work has appeared in LongreadsGuernica, and The Walrus and elsewhere, and her first book was shortlisted for the Kobo First Book Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Her most recent book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, my Father and Me, was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.