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Book Title: The House of Wives|
The author of the book: Simon Choa-Johnston
ISBN 13: 9780670069477
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.45 MB
Edition: Penguin Canada
Date of issue: May 3rd 2016
Read full description of the books The House of Wives:Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship, fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong Kong
In 1862, a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios leaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune in the opium trade. There, he grows into a prosperous and respectable merchant, eventually falling in love with his Chinese business partner's daughter Pearl, a delicate beauty twenty years his junior. As a wedding present, he builds for her the most magnificent mansion in Hong Kong. Then Semah arrives unannounced from Calcutta to take her place as mistress of the house...and life will change irrevocably for all of them.
Inspired by the lives of Choa-Johnston's ancestors, The House of Wives is an unforgettable novel about the machinations of the early opium trade, and about two remarkable women determined to secure a dynasty for their children in the tumultuous British Crown colony.
Read information about the authorAs a playwright, Simon was writer-in-residence at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival 2010 working on his new play Sisters that was selected for Factory Theatre’s Cross Currents Festival. Simon has written plays for the Arts Club Theatre; Gateway Theatre, Western Canada Theatre; Kaleidoscope Theatre; Youtheatre Montreal and the Lighthouse Festival. Amongst his numerous awards are: City of Richmond’s Cultural Leadership 2011, McMaster University Alumni Award, Winner, Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition, Canada 125 Medal for Arts and Tourism, and three Vancouver Jessie nominations for best Play.
Simon is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC where he was Executive Director and Artistic Director from 2000-2012. While there he created Gateway’s Scene First play development program as well as commissioning and producing 15 premieres by B.C. writers for the Main Stage and Studio series. Additionally, he has toured shows to theatres in Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Victoria.
Prior this he founded the Writers Workshop (London, Ontario); was Artistic Director of the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover Ontario 1987-1994; Artistic Director at Press Theatre in St. Catharines 1977-1982; Resident Director at the Banff Centre, Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival, Staff Director at Toronto Arts Productions (Canadian Stage). He has directed over 200 professional productions in numerous theatres in Canada.
He has taught theatre and drama at the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Guelph University, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Dalhousie University and Sheridan College.
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