Author Suzanne Evans will discuss her book, The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany’s Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook, at the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay Branch 406, 250 John Street, Barry’s Bay on Saturday, Nov.5 at 2pm. The event has been organized by the Madawaska Valley Public Library and is timed to honour Remembrance Day. Montage above: portrait of Suzanne Evans (photo Tanja Rohn) and The Taste of Longing (cover)
Evans, who holds a PhD in Religious Studies, was working on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Canadian War Museum when she discovered Ethel Mulvany’s Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook. What followed was a journey of research that took Evans from Manitoulin Island to Singapore and on to London. Reviews of her award-winning book comment on the author’s sensitive handling and meticulous research into women prisoners of war at the notorious Changi Prison in Singapore, and the many challenges of POWs trying to return to normal life after World War II.
Evans has also written Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War l and the Politics of Grief. After working, studying, and living in China, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam, she now lives and writes in Ottawa. Her writing has a strong focus on women and war and has appeared in academic and literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and books.