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Margaret Sweatman

Standing next to the fireplace in the Hart House Library, Margaret Sweatman read from her book The Players on Thursday, February 11th. Although she sounded like she was suffering from a cold she still gave her characters distinct voices.

The Players is a novel set in 17th century Restoration England. It follows Lily Cole, the 16 year old mistress of King Charles II, on a journey to Canada to find the Northwest Passage to China. But this is no normal historical fiction. The Globe and Mail calls Sweatman’s book “far grittier and realistic than the period pieces you’ll see on TV or at the Movie theatre.”

Sometimes when it gets to the Q & A portion of an event the audience typically falls silent but this night the audience was full of English students and many interesting topics were brought up. Margaret Sweatman who teaches literature and creative writing gave insight into her writing process and offered advice for new writers.

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