Tom’s story, which is at once tragic and hopeful, shows how quickly familiar structures can crumble and raises the question of how we can possibly prepare ourselves for the loss of everything we hold dear. It dramatizes a man’s struggle to maintain control over his own life under horrific circumstances. Though offering no solution, its message is a positive one: that the struggle is worth the effort.
Ian Colford’s work has appeared in Canadian literary publications from coast to coast and he has degrees from St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie. His first book, Evidence (Porcupine’s Quill, 2008), received the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award at the Atlantic Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the ReLit Award. His second book, The Crimes of Hector Tomás (Freehand Books, 2012), won Trade Book of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Book Awards. Ian works at Dalhousie University and lives with his wife Collette in Halifax.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.