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Simcoe Reads Virtual Author Visit – Daniel Kalla

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Simcoe Reads Virtual Author Visit – Daniel Kalla

Thursday July 14, 7pm

Our local Simcoe Reads champion, Suzanne Marchand, has chosen Daniel Kalla’s thrilling, moving novel about the opioid crisis, The Last High.

Join us for a virtual author visit with Daniel Kalla on July 14 at 7pm. He’ll discuss his work, the writing process, The Last High, and his newest book, The Darkness in the Light. Register for the online event with Faith at 705-526-4216 ext. 3305 or

Stay tuned for details on the Simcoe Reads live debate, September 17!

Join in the social media discussion by using #SimcoeReads2022.

More about Daniel Kalla and The Last High:

Daniel Kalla is an internationally bestselling author of novels, including The Darkness in the LightLost ImmunityThe Last High, and We All Fall Down. Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla. Photo credit: Michael Bednar Photography

Dr. Julie Rees, a toxicologist and ER doctor, is stunned when her emergency room is flooded with teenagers from the same party, all on the verge of death. Julie knows the world of opioids inside and out, and she recognizes that there’s nothing typical about these cases. She suspects the teens took—or were given—fentanyl. But why did they succumb so quickly? Detective Anson Chen is determined to find out. He and Julie race to track down the supplier of the deadly drugs. But the trail of suspects leads everywhere, from unscrupulous street dealers to ruthless gang leaders who hide behind legitimate business fronts and the walls of their mansions. As Anson and Julie follow clues through the drug underworld, Julie finds herself haunted by memories of her troubled past—and the lover she lost to addiction. When other overdoses fill the ER—and the morgue—Julie realizes that something even more sinister than the ongoing fentanyl crisis is devastating the streets. And the body count is rapidly rising. A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a deadly drug that is killing people faster than any known epidemic.

More about Suzanne:

Suzanne Marchand is the Executive Director with the Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre and is an active and engaged community member. She grew up on her family farm in Lafontaine and has raised her two children (Kate & Kyle) in the very same community she calls home. Suzanne has served on a number of boards, associations and committees, giving of her time to ensure that quality health care, sports and wellness are sustained and equitably accessible within the community. She has become an avid reader and is always up for a good debate.


July 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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