Literary Luncheon with Elizabeth McKenzie, author of "Dog of the North"

Event date: 

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Dog of the North cover
Elizabeth McKenzie

Join us for a light lunch and book discussion with Elizabeth McKenzie, author of "Dog of the North," now available in paperback.

Penny Rush has problems. Her marriage is over; she’s quit her job. Her mother and stepfather went missing in the Australian outback five years ago; her mentally unbalanced father provokes her; her grandmother Dr. Pincer keeps experiments in the refrigerator and something worse in the woodshed. But Penny is a virtuoso at what’s possible when all else fails. Follow Penny on her quest for a fresh start. There will be a road trip in the Dog of the North, an old van with gingham curtains, a piñata, and stiff brakes. There will be injury and peril. There will be a dog named Kweecoats and two brothers who may share a toupee. There will be questions: Why is a detective investigating her grandmother, and what is “the scintillator”? And can Penny recognize a good thing when it finally comes her way?

This slyly humorous, thoroughly winsome novel finds the purpose in life’s curveballs, insisting that even when we are painfully warped by those we love most, we can be brought closer to our truest selves.

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of the novel The Portable Veblen, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize; a collection, Stop That Girl, shortlisted for The Story Prize; and the novel MacGregor Tells the World, a Chicago TribuneSan Francisco Chronicle, and Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Best American Nonrequired Reading, and was recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts.

$25 admission includes lunch and a copy of the book.


The Dog of the North: A Novel By Elizabeth McKenzie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 12th, 2024