The Wakefield Writers Festival welcomes author Trevor Ferguson, who recently published a novel on the burning of the Wakefield covered bridge.
By Anastasia Philopoulos
Author Trevor Ferguson hopes he won’t offend anyone in Wakefield.
“I’m asking people to sympathize, not with the bridge burning, but with the character, who regrets his actions in the end.”
Ferguson’s newly released novel, ‘The River Burns’, is set in Wakefield and imagines the perpetrators of the 1984 burning of Wakefield’s covered bridge. In reality, the people who pushed a gasoline-soaked car onto the historic bridge then set it alight – causing one of the worst fires in West Quebec history – were never caught.
The author says his novel focuses on the fictional conflict between different sects of the community.
“When people transgress, do things that are improper or wrong, it can tear people apart,” Ferguson said. “The story is also about how people can come back together.”
The Hudson-based author will be a featured guest of the Wakefield Writers Festival, happening May 9 and 10 at various Wakefield venues.
And while Ferguson deals with one of Wakefield’s most tragic events, the novel also explores the larger themes of transgression and redemption.