“Stachniak sets a tone that grips the reader from the first page on, and vividly paints the atmosphere of the Czar’s court, the smells, the tastes, the superstition and the addiction to new fashions, the unimaginable opulence…” It’s well-written and thoroughly convincing!” – Die Presse
“Eva Stachniak’s first novel, Necessary Lies, won the 2000 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. That book told a contemporary story; her follow-up, Garden of Venus, and her latest, The Winter Palace, together should establish her as a pre-eminent writer of historical fiction“. – Quill and Quire
“The Russian Imperial Court comes to life with its grandeur and overindulgence. Even the descriptions of food are divine. This is absolutely an “eating book,” in that the reader is likely to find herself starving after reading several chapters. Who would have thought that one could crave blinys, smoked sturgeon and borscht so much?” – National Post
“brilliant, bold historical novel . . . This superb biographical epic proves the Tudors don’t have a monopoly on marital scandal, royal intrigue, or feminine triumph.” – Booklist
Please join us tonight at the Keshen Goodman Library to meet (and hear) Canadian Literary star Eva Stachniak. The reading starts at 7:00pm and all are welcome!
Special thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts for their support.