Vernon author, educator and musician John Lent, an instructor at
Nelson’s former Notre Dame University, will launch his new novel, The
Path to Ardroe, at Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre, 320 Vernon St. (alley
entrance), on Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The launch, part of Oxygen Art Centre’s Presentation Series, is free
and open to the public.
The novel follows four characters who grew up in, or who were
influenced by, post-World War II Edmonton, and at the time of the
story are variously living in Scotland, France and the Okanagan
Valley. The book focuses on turning points in the characters’ lives
and relationships with each other, and incorporates a unique
mirror-image structure offering two chapters centred on each
“I can think of no Canadian writer,” wrote Canadian literature icon
Robert Kroetsch about Lent, “who so thoroughly positions in front of
us the mirror that might offer us at once both reality and the
imagined. It is to Lent that I turn when I need to be reminded…how
the writer works in the daily world of place while aspiring to what
Following Lent’s stint at Notre Dame in Nelson, he taught English and
writing for many years at Okanagan College, including five years as
North Okanagan Regional Dean. His other poetry and fiction
publications include the novel So It Won’t Go Away, shortlisted for
the 2005 B.C. Book Prizes. A parallel career as a musician began in
Nelson when he performed as a folksinger under the name Johnny Fargo.
Currently he performs as part of the Vernon-based jazz and roots
group, the Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio.