Set to be launched next month by Muskeg Press is All Native, Mr. Kelly's work of fiction which is set with the All Native tournament as the background for a story that explores boyhood broken dreams and basketball.
In preview of the book, Muskeg Press offers up a snippet of some the current of the new work of fiction from the former Daily News Journalist and very active member of the city's arts community through Harbour Theatre and other ventures.
Nate Wesley dreams of basketball glory, hoping to make his dad proud by playing for the Prince Rupert Rainmakers, then in the All Native Basketball Tournament. But it's a long road full of dashed hopes and tragic circumstances, as his father, Frank, knows all too well. Along comes BJ, a boy unlike any Nate has met. Talented but lazy, loyal but reckless, good-hearted but rebellious, BJ walks a tightrope, and Nate's parents are caught between his charms and the dangerous track he may take their son on.
|Prince Rupert author Rudy Kelly|
will release a new book next month
with a theme of the All Native
tournament as its focus
(photo from Facebook files)
In his debut novel, Rudy Kelly spins a funny and poignant tale of boyhood, broken dreams, and basketball. Set in Prince Rupert in the 1960s to 1980s, All Native is a story of North Coast First Nations, a father, two boys, and the legendary tournament that binds them together.
To celebrate the launch of the book, Muskeg Press is hosting the official book launch on February 15th at 2 PM at Javadotcup.
Copies of the book will be available for sale, with Mr. Kelly to read some excerpts from his work and sign copies for those who may wish an autographed version.
To capture some of the excitement of All Native week in Prince Rupert, Muskeg Press and the author will have a booth as part of the range of displays set for the auditorium during ANBT 2020, with books available for purchase and signing in a pre-launch event from February 12 to 14.
Still to be finalized are opportunities to purchase the book following the tournament at local stores in the city.
You can learn more about the book and the events to come surrounding the launch from the Muskeg Press website.
The 61st Annual All Native Basketball Tournament takes place from February 9th to 15th all games will take place at the Russell Gamble Gymnasium and Civic Centre Arena in the Jim Ciccone Recreation complex.
For more notes on the tournament see the ANBT 2020 Facebook page, as well as our notes from our ANBT archive page.