On April 28th, 2014 Jonathan Bennett joined our fiction panel to discuss his latest book "The Colonial Hotel." In this novel, Bennett recasts the ancient story of Paris, Helen, and Oenone in the 21st century. A doctor named Paris follows a nurse to a country on the brink of civil war. When a confrontation does break out, they are swept up by rebel forces and separated. The nurse, Helen, is pregnant; she escapes, but Paris is left behind, imprisoned by rebels as war rages.
Jonathan Bennett is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Entitlement and After Battersea Park, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. His writing has appeared in many periodicals and journals including The Walrus, Southerly, Antipodes, and Descant. Born in Vancouver, raised in Sydney, Australia, Jonathan lives in the village of Keene, near Peterborough, Ontario.