East End Books Ptown is happy to welcome filmmaker/author Wiebke von Carolsfeld "Claremont" to the bookstore for a special book event. We're happy to see Wiebke back in Provincetown. Get your FREE tickets here:
How to survive the unthinkable? This is the question nine-year-old Tom has to face after witnessing his parent's murder-suicide. After the horrific event, Tom refuses to speak. At first, he moves in with his childless Aunt Sonya, but she is ill equipped to deal with the traumatized boy. Before long, Tom is forced to move again, this time to Claremont Street in downtown Toronto, where he shares a run-down house with his mercurial Aunt Rose and his reckless yet endearing Uncle Will. As the seasons change, Tom's silence becomes a powerful presence, allowing this fractured family to hear one another for the first time-- and for Tom to finally find a home. Claremont is a gripping story of one family's journey through grief and toward healing.
“This lovely, gripping novel, with its sense of wonder and horror about the adult world, has a Spielberg-ian quality. It is a resonant tale about a child’s loss of innocence, the terrible fracturing of a family and the purifying path to healing and reconciliation.
Claremont is also an enormously impressive city-specific novel. Rarely has one funky part of Toronto been so brilliantly brought to life.”
John Doyle, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling author.
"Wiebke von Carolsfeld brings the nuanced beauty and magic of her award-winning, highly acclaimed films to Claremont and the result is a passionate story of a fractured family brought together by catastrophe and trauma. The ways in which they do and do not meet the challenge of caring for the child at the centre of the tragedy is alternately funny, messy, revealing, and uplifting – and always deeply absorbing."
Edeet Ravel, author Ten Thousand Lovers
"Claremont is big-hearted and rollicking -- a hosanna to messy families and their underestimated resilience."
Sean Michaels, winner Giller Prize
Wiebke was previously in Ptown as part of the Provincetown Film Society Residency Program FOR Filmmakers. Wiebke von Carolsfeld is a feature filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada who made her directorial debut with Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker and introducing Ellen Page). The critically acclaimed film won many awards including Best First Feature at TIFF and Sudbury, inclusion in Canada’s Top Ten and a nomination for Best Direction from the DGC. The film played at festivals around the world (Competition in Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Sydney, Pusan etc) before opening theatrically in the US, Canada and parts of Europe. Since, Wiebke wrote and directed the documentary Walk With Us as well as STAY, a Canadian/Irish co-production, starring Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn and Barry Keoghan. The film premiered at TIFF, garnered a Best Direction Award from the Emerge Film Festival before opening theatrically both in the US and Canada. Her most recent feature, The Saver, received many nominations (CSA, DGC, WGC), winning Best Screenplay from the Chlotrudis Society in Boston and Best Film at the Greenbay Festival. The American Indian Film Institute awarded the film Best Actress (Imajyn Cardinal) and Best Supporting Actor (Brandon Oakes). The film was distributed both in the US and Canada. During her recent residency with the Provincetown Film Society, Wiebke developed her new film The Last Straw.