MANCHESTER - From Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford comes a story of haunting and spectacular vision, "Canada"

- a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

When 15-year-old Del Parsons' parents rob a North Dakota bank, his normal life is altered forever, and a threshold is crossed that can never be uncrossed. His parents' imprisonment threatens a turbulent and uncertain future for Del and his twin sister, Berner. Fierce with resentment, Berner flees their Montana home for California. But Del is not completely abandoned. A family friend spirits him across the Canadian border toward safety and a better life. There, afloat on the Saskatchewan prairie, Del finds only cold refuge from Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and alluring American fugitive with a dark and violent past.

Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery, Del struggles to remake himself. But his search for grace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with the forces of darkness that shadow us all.

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include "The Sportswriter" and its sequels, "Independence Day" - the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award - and "The Lay of the Land," as well as the short story collections "Rock Springs" and "A Multitude of Sins," which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.