Anita Lahey Reading at Novel Idea Bookstore!

January 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Novel Idea Bookstore
156 Princess St
Kingston, ON K7L 1B1
Anita Lahey Reading at Novel Idea Bookstore! @ Novel Idea Bookstore | Kingston | Ontario | Canada

Somehow familiar: Readings and conversation on friendship, family, and language

Come on out for an evening of readings and conversation on friendship and family in all their complexities, and the influence of linguistic inheritance. Anita Lahey (The Last Goldfish) will be joined in conversation by Sadiqa de Meijer (alfabet/alphabet) and Anne Marie Todkill (Orion Sweeping). The reading will take place in Kingston at Novel Idea Bookstore on Thursday, January 19 at 7PM.

Masking when possible is requested.

More details here!

Get your copy of The Last Goldfish here!


Twenty-five years ago and counting, Louisa, my true, essential, always-there-for-everything friend, died. We were 22.

When Anita Lahey opens her binder in grade nine French and gasps over an unsigned form, the girl with the burst of red hair in front of her whispers, Forge it! Thus begins an intense, joyful friendship, one of those powerful bonds forged in youth that shapes a person’s identity and changes the course of a life.

Anita and Louisa navigate the wilds of 1980s suburban adolescence against the backdrop of dramatic world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall. They make carpe diem their manifesto and hatch ambitious plans. But when Louisa’s life takes a shocking turn, into hospital wards, medical tests, and treatments, a new possibility confronts them, one that alters, with devastating finality, the prospect of the future for them both.

Equal parts humorous and heartbreaking, The Last Goldfish is a poignant memoir of youth, friendship, and the impermanence of life.


Anita Lahey’s books include The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture and two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton. Anita is an award-winning magazine journalist, past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and serves as series editor of the annual anthology, Best Canadian Poetry. A former resident of Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton and Victoria, she maintains fierce familial ties to Cape Breton Island and lives in Ottawa with her family. She grew up in Burlington, Ontario, in a house with a huge backyard a short bike ride from Lake Ontario.