A novel approach

Langley writer Ian Weir will read from his novel Daniel O'Thunder at Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford on April 25

Ian Weir

Langley’s Ian Weir has created and written for some of the best known Canadian television shows of the last 15 years, including Arctic Air, Flashpoint and Edgemont.

He’s written plays for both the stage and for radio and, along the way, penned three young adult novels, a newspaper humour column and a libretto for an alternative rock opera based on the legend of Faust.

On April 25 the Clearbrook Library and The Reach Gallery Museum will co-host a reading by Weir from his 2009 novel, Daniel O’ Thunder.

It tells the story of a prizefighter’s attempt to defeat the devil.

Set in the 1850s in London, England, Daniel O’Thunder interweaves the voices of several narrators to tell the story of a troubled but charismatic prize-fighting evangelist who challenges none other than the Devil to a battle in the ring.

A former pugilist with a right fist known as “The Hammer of Heaven,” O’Thunder disappeared for years before resurfacing as a crusading street preacher.

He pursues a life in Christ, serving those in need, whether they be poor, homeless or in need of guidance. But on London’s dark streets, an evil presence is wreaking havoc and throwing into peril the lives of O’Thunder’s most vulnerable souls.

The novel inhabits the world of the theatre, the criminal underworld and the world of bare-knuckle prizefighting, then shifts to the wild west of North America, where O’Thunder meets his ultimate opponent in the desert of the B.C. Interior. Weir’s reading begins at the gallery, 32388 Veterans Way in Abbotsford, at 7 p.m. on April 25.

Just Posted

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds bound for playoffs

Minor midget team of mostly Langley players secures spot over Family Day weekend

Langley baseball team brings aid to Puerto Rico

Blaze raised $50,000 for the trip to

Langley chamber joins call to kill ‘no pipeline ever’ law

Bill C-69 will hurt the local Langley economy, Chamber warns

World Day of Prayer returns to Langley

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is hosting the annual day on March 1.

Young Langley family plagued by angry cab customers

A couple rents a house formerly used by a cab firm, and unwelcome visitors knocking.

VIDEO: North Delta elementary school closed following stabbing that left cop, woman in serious condition

An off-duty police officer and a woman were injured outside of the school Wednesday afternoon

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

5 to start your day

Two people are in critical condition after stabbing, searchers recover body of missing snowshoer and more

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Most Read