Amy Jones launches first novel, set in Thunder Bay

Amy Jones is launching her first novel, We're All In This Together, at the Foundry in Thunder Bay on Wednesday night.

We're All In This Together, references everything from Kakabeka Falls, to Finnish pancakes

Amy Jones, who is originally from Halifax, N.S., won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and is the author of the book of short stories, What Boys Like. When she got the first copy of her new novel, We're All In This Together, she says she carried it around for three days. (Spun Creative)

Author Amy Jones says she hopes people in the northern city of Thunder Bay, Ont will see themselves reflected in her new book. 

Jones is launching her first novel, We're All In This Together, in Thunder Bay on Wednesday night. 

The story is a roller coaster of a family drama that begins when the matriarch goes over Kakabeka Falls in a barrel, becoming a viral video sensation and setting off a series of family crisis and confrontations.  

Set in the author's adopted hometown of Thunder Bay, the novel is littered with references to local scenery and urban landmarks — a very deliberate choice, said Jones. 

"There's so much that I love about this city and I really want people, and the rest of Canada, and the rest of the world, to understand the feeling of the place, and what it is that I love about it," she said. 

Jone's said she's looking forward to hearing reaction from local readers. 

"I'm nervous, a little bit, but I'm also really excited, because I've had so much amazing support from people in the community already," she said.

"I'm just really happy to be able to contribute in some way to the artistic landscape of the community."  

The novel was selected as one of CBC Books 5 books to read this month

The Thunder Bay launch is taking place from 6 - 7:30 at The Foundry on Wednesday June 8. 

We're All In This Together, Amy Jones' debut novel, tells the story of a dysfunctional family living in northwestern Ontario.


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