Cocktail: Fredericton Launch!

September 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gallery 78
796 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB
E3B 1C6
Cocktail: Fredericton Launch! @ Gallery 78

Come on out to the Fredericton launch of Lisa Alward‘s debut short story collection, Cocktail (Sep 12, 2023)! Lisa will be reading from the collection, followed by a Q&A and signing. Books will be for sale by Westminster Books. The launch will take place at Gallery 78 on Thursday, September 21 at 7PM ADT.

More details here.

Order your copy of Cocktail here!


“A writer to watch.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A girl receives a bedtime visit from a drunken party guest, who will haunt her fantasies for years. A young mother discovers underneath the wallpaper a striking portrait that awakens inconvenient desires. A divorced man distracts himself from the mess he’s made by flirting with a stranger. These intimate, immersive stories explore life’s watershed moments, in which seemingly insignificant details—a pot of hyacinths, a freshly painted yellow wall—and the most chance of encounters come to exert a tidal pull. Set in the swinging sixties and each decade since, Cocktail reveals the schism between the lives we build up around us and our deepest hidden selves.


Lisa Alward grew up in Halifax during the 1960s and 70s. She worked in literary publishing in Toronto in the 80s and began writing fiction at 50. Her stories have won The Fiddlehead Prize and the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and have appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, as well as literary journals such as The New Quarterly, The FiddleheaduntetheredPrairie Fire, and Exile. She lives with her husband, John, near the Wolastoq River in Fredericton.