Pauline Holdstock at the Community Salon Reading Series

January 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Salon
1129 Meares St
Victoria, BC V8V 3K9
Pauline Holdstock at the Community Salon Reading Series @ Community Salon | Victoria | British Columbia | Canada

Please join us at the first event of The Community Salon Reading Series! Pauline Holdstock will read from her latest novel, Confessions with Keith (Sep 2022) alongside Erica McKeen, reading from her debut novel, Tear (Invisible Publishing, 2022). They’ll also be joined by an emerging writer to watch, UVic writing student, Rachel Lachmansingh. The event will take place at the Community Salon on Thursday, January 26 at 7PM PST.

More details here!

Grab your copy of Confessions with Keith here!


An outrageously comic novel documents a middle-aged writer and mother’s grappling with mid-life crisis—her husband’s and her own.

Preoccupied with her fledgling literary career, intent on the all-consuming consolations of philosophy, and scrambling to meet the demands of her four children, the acutely myopic and chronically inattentive Vita Glass doesn’t notice that her house and her marriage are competing to see which can fall apart fastest. She can barely find time for her writing career, and just when her newfound success in vegetable erotica is beginning to take off. Our heroine’s only tried and trusted escape is the blissful detachment of Keith’s hairdressing salon, but when her husband leaves the country, unannounced, she decides to do likewise—in the opposite direction, and with their children. Drawn from the pages of Vita’s journal, this outrageously comic novel documents Vita’s passage through a mid-life crisis and explores all the ways we deceive each other and ourselves.


Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. Her novels have been shortlisted for a number of awards, among them the Best First Novel Award, the Scotia Bank Giller prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her historical novel Beyond Measure was the winner of the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction. The Hunter and the Wild Girl, her most recent book, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Pauline lives just outside Victoria on Vancouver Island.