Fifty-two people, including people from as far as Edmonton, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Castor and Lacombe, crowded the Stettler Public Library on June 14th to listen to author Betty Jane Hegerat read from her latest book, The Boy. The Boy follows the story of Louise, an Alberta teacher who marries a widower with a young son. Louise’s story closely mirrors that of Daisy Cook, stepmother of Robert Raymond Cook, which led the author on a four year journey to settle the ghost of her childhood memory of the slaying of the Cook family. The book intricately weaves the stories of Louise, Bobby Cook and Betty Jane Hegerat into an impossible-to-putdown volume.
The crowd included several people featured in the book: Shirley Black and Pat Lyseng, childhood friends of Betty Jane’s; Clark Hoskins, childhood friend of Gerry Cook and Judge David MacNaughton, one of Bobby Cook’s defence attorneys.
The library is planning a One Book, One Stettler event to promote the joy of reading. This community-wide book club will celebrate The Boy and give everyone in the community the opportunity to discuss the book. Watch for more news about this book club, but while you are waiting, pick up a copy of The Boy and start reading!