By Chad Ingram
Published Sept. 28 2017
“I say they’re airplane reading for smart people” Robert Rotenberg says of his books.
The Toronto criminal lawyer and acclaimed mystery writer will visit Carnarvon’s Zion United Church on Wednesday Oct. 4 as part of a Lunch and Learn event hosted by the Haliburton County Public Library.
Rotenberg who recently released his fifth novel Heart of the City is more than familiar with Haliburton County having attended Camp White Pine for a number of summers and then having a had cottage in the community for 23 years.
He’s spoken at previous local events and some of his works were partly composed in the Haliburton Highlands.
“I’ve written in the library there the cafés there” he says adding that Haliburton has been a setting in his past writing.
The backdrop for his latest thriller is a condominium development proposed for Toronto’s famous Kensington Market.
“They always start with a murder” Rotenberg says of his works but adds “They’re not your standard mystery.”
His novels also incorporate the real-life narrative of the city.
“This book is about the condo building trade in Toronto” he says referring to the booming industry that has dramatically changed the city’s skyline during the past decade or so and made the city the fastest growing on the continent.
“I like to try to write about what’s really going on in the city.”
Rotenberg will read from his new book during the event but also tell some stories and interact attendees.
Tickets are $20 which includes a buffet lunch. Lunch is at noon and Rotenberg’s talk is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m.
Ticket sales end Sept. 30. Those interested in attending are asked to call Brenda Robinson at 705-457-2695.