I first met Bettianne Hedges several years ago, here at the James Street Bookseller, when she was attending a series of writing workshops hosted by one of my favourite Canadian authors Marnie Woodrow. Fast forward to present day and I am thrilled to be carrying Bettianne’s first novel, Practise of Her Profession. Copies will be available for purchase this week on the website with curb side pick up by appointment at the shop.
About The Book
Kay Lange, a fine arts dealer, has left her position and comfortable life in Montreal to establish a gallery in a beautiful building on the harbour in Hamilton, Ontario. As she follows a dream of independence in her career she hopes to find a way to define herself to and deepen her relationship with her son. Kay’s building soon reveals a sad past and a cast of characters with little interest in her vision. She is forced to examine issues of gentrification, cultural appropriation, the systemic challenges facing a creative entrepreneur and accept that her own life will not be linear. And as we follow along we learn to look and listen for the story in every painting, to learn how the visual arts provide a sense of place and how creatives pave the path to reviving community.
About the Author
This is the first book from Bettianne Hedges. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and continues to study writing. She works as a Real Estate Broker in Hamilton and helps her clients deal with many of the same challenges as her protagonist, Kay Lange. Bettianne is also involved in the visual arts as a gallery volunteer and a collector.