Friday, December 19, 2008
Jeramy Dodds brings us Crabwise to the Hounds, his breakout collection from Coach House Books.
Linda Frank guides our audience into Kahlo: The World Split Open, her second book from Buschek Books.
Ross Belot reads from his first book Swimming In the Dark, new poetry from Black Moss Press.
Valerie Nielsen takes us into Green Light, her latest collection of poetry from Potlatch Publications.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wesley Bates gives us the inside story with his memoir In Black and White from Gaspereau Press.
Sally Cooper reads excerpts of her new novel Tell Everything, from Dundurn Press.
Elaine Kalman Naves presents her biography Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature, published by Vehicule Press.
Margaret Christakos reads from her latest poetry collection What Stirs, from Coach House Books.
Kyle Buckley delves into The Laundromat Essays, published by Coach House Books.
Wesley Bates was born in the Yukon and raised in Saskatchewan. He now lives in Clifford, Ontario, where he runs West Meadow Press. Known primarily as a wood engraver, Bates’ work has been commissioned by numerous publishers, including Penguin, Random House, McClelland & Stewart, The Porcupine’s Quill and Gaspereau Press.
In Black & White is Bates’ account of his career as a freelance illustrator. Beginning with his earliest inspirations in the pages of books browsed in childhood, Bates recalls his first set of wood-engraving tools, his first and subsequent commissions, becoming established in the Hamilton arts scene, and his collaboration with friends and acquaintances in the private press and publishing communities. He tells the stories behind several book projects and commissioned works, including illustrating W.O. Mitchell’s The Black Bonspiel of Willie McCrimmon for McClelland & Stewart, George Elliott Clarke’s award-winning Execution Poems for Gaspereau Press and the lasting friendship that developed in the process of illustrating the work of American poet and essayist Wendell Berry.
Sally Cooper grew up in Inglewood, Ontario, population 400. She has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Guelph, and has published widely in such places as Shift, Blood & Aphorisms, Carousel, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and eye weekly. Her first novel, Love Object, came out in 2002 to critical acclaim. She wrote her second novel, Tell Everything, with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. She lives and writes in Hamilton, Ontario.
Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to Canada in 1959 as a child. She attended McGill and Bishop’s Universities, and worked as an editor and researcher at the Centre d’Etude de Québec during the 1970s. She now writes a book column and literary features for the Montreal Gazette and also freelances widely. Naves is the author of a work of narrative non-fiction entitled Journey to Vaja: Reconstructing the World of a Hungarian-Jewish Family and a collection of biographical sketches of prominent Montreal authors called The Writers of Montreal. She is also the editor of two scholarly works in Canadian history. Her latest book is Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. This book is about the noted Canadian literary critic who died in early 2008. Naves created a two-part series for CBC Radio One last February on Weaver’s life and work.
Margaret Christakos is a poet and fiction writer living in
Kyle Buckley lives and writes in Toronto. He studied at York and the University of Calgary, and has taught creative writing at Ryerson University. He currently works at Type Books in Toronto and is a member of the Scream Literary Festival executive. He is a past winner of the now-defunct Queen Street Quarterly poetry contest. The Laundromat Essay is his first book.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Katherine Lawrence reads from her second poetry collection Lying to Our Mothers from Coteau Books.
Betsy Struthers shows us Where the Night Comes Closest, her latest poetry book from Black Moss Press.
Andrew Steinmetz presents his first novel Eva's Threepenny Theatre, published by Gaspereau Press in October 2008.
Kate Story performs selections from her first novel Blasted from Killick Press.
Nitin Deckha reads from his collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi, recently released by TSAR Publications.
Rocco de Giacomo reveals the secret to Catching Dawn's Breath, his recent poetry collection from LyricalMiracle Press.
Katherine Lawrence published her first collection of poetry in 2001 with Coteau Books - Ring Finger, Left Hand and won a Saskatchewan Book Award that same year. Her second book, Lying to Our Mothers, was published in 2006 by Coteau Books. This book was a Saskatchewan Book Award finalist. Katherine's poetry has been published in numerous literary journals across Canada, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Originally from Hamilton, Katherine has lived in Saskatoon since 1982. She works at the Royal University Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon as a fundraiser and communications advisor.
Betsy Struthers has published eight books of poetry and three novels as well as co-editing an anthology of essays about teaching poetry. In 2004 she won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. In 1994 she received the Silver Medal in the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award. She was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1993. A past president of the League of Canadian Poets, she has read her work across Canada as well as in Australia and the USA. Her poems and fiction have been published in many anthologies (most recently, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry). She teaches writing to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults. A resident of Peterborough since 1977, Struthers works for Broadview Press as a freelance editor. Her latest book is Where the Night Comes Closest from Black Moss Press.
Andrew Steinmetz is the author of a memoir, Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. Steinmetz’s work has been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award, the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) First Book Award, the Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fiction, and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Presently Steinmetz is the editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Véhicule Press. He lives in Ottawa.
Originally from Newfoundland, Kate Story is a writer, performer, and choreographer. She creates works characterized by elements of dance, theatre and performance art, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has been twice nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Artists Award. Her short stories have been published in Broken Pencil, Kiss Machine, Takeout, and are forthcoming in Broken Pencil’s Best Fiction Anthology from ECW Press. Her first novel Blasted came out with Killick Press in the fall of 2008.
Nitin Deckha was born in London, England, and raised in Toronto. His stories have appeared in the York University journal Existere, in Anokhi magazine, and at www.sulekha.com. Deckha holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, Houston and teaches social sciences in Toronto. His journalism occasionally appears in Desi Life, a Toronto Star magazine. His first collection of stories, Shopping for Sabzi was published by TSAR publications in 2008.
Rocco de Giacomo’s work has appeared most recently in ARC Poetry Magazine, CV2, and Magma Poetry (UK). His fifth and latest collection of poems, Catching Dawn's Breath (LyricalMyrical Press, Toronto) was launched in March of 2008. Rocco is a member of the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series and a member of the bpNichol Committee. He lives with his wife Lisa in Toronto.
You can contact him at www.roccodg.com.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Randall Maggs reading from Night Work: the Sawchuk Poems, published by Brick Books.
Adam Getty presenting poetry from his latest book Repose, published by Nightwood Editions.
Catherine Graham bringing us the poetry of The Red Element, published in 2008 by Insomniac Press.
Andrew Hood debuting his first collection of short fiction Pardon Our Monsters, from Esplanade Books.
Don't miss this one!
Born in Vancouver, Randall Maggs grew up on the move in an Air Force family. After joining up himself for a brief period as a flyer, he left the service to travel through Europe and North Africa and to return to university to do graduate work at Dalhousie and UNB. For the last thirty years, he has lived on the west coast of Newfoundland, teaching Literature and Creative Writing at Memorial’s Grenfell College. With Irish poet John Ennis and Stephanie McKenzie, Maggs edited two anthologies, However Blow the Winds, containing Irish and Newfoundland poetry and song, and The Echoing Years, containing Irish and Canadian poetry. Maggs is the Artistic Director of Newfoundland’s March Hare, the largest literary festival in Atlantic Canada.
His most recent collection, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (Brick Books) was launched in Canada at the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame and in Ireland at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin. According to the author and Globe and Mail sports columnist, Stephen Brunt, Night Work may be the “truest hockey book ever written. It reaches a level untouched by conventional sports literature.” The book has aroused more than a little interest in both the sports and literary worlds. It has been featured in the sports sections of many major newspapers, including the National Post and the Montreal Gazette. At the same time, it was selected for the cover review in the Globe and Mail’s Books section.
Adam Getty is the author of two books of poetry. His first collection, Reconciliation, received the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry, as well as being shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award. Some of his writing was included in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. His most recent book is Repose from Nightwood Editions. Adam has worked in a number of different industrial occupations, including hog slaughtering, machining in a tool-and-die shop, rail-cutting, and shipping in a food warehouse. He attended the University of Toronto but left without taking a degree. He currently lives in Hamilton.
Catherine Graham is the author of three poetry collections: The Watch, Pupa and The Red Element. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The New Quarterly, The Literary Review of Canada, Parameter Magazine (UK) and in The Fiddlehead. As a creativity consultant, Catherine has led workshops at GlaxoSmithKline, BookExpo, York University and Environics Communications. She is Vice President of Project Bookmark Canada and Marketing Coordinator for the Rowers Pub Reading Series. Her most recent book is The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008)
Judith Millar is a writer of short stories, personal essays, poems, song lyrics and magazine articles. She has won numerous awards for her creative writing, including first prize in the Alice Munro Short Story Contest (2006); a shared first prize in the poetry category of The Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards (2007); and first prize in the Toronto Sun Essay contest (2000). A former corporate communications manager, she moved to Nanaimo, BC from Kitchener, Ontario in 2007. Her story “The Green Box” won First Prize in this year’s Arts Hamilton Creative Keyboards contest.
Andrew Hood, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, graduated from Concordia University with a double major in literature and creative writing. There, he won the Irving Layton Award for Undergraduate Fiction and his stories have appeared in Concordia’s Soliloquies and in the anthology Headlight.
Pardon Our Monsters is his first book and was published by Esplanade Books in 2007. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
John Donlan brings us poetry from his latest collection Spirit Engine, published by Brick Books.
Rozena Maart reads from The Writing Circle, her exciting new novel, brought out in 2007 by TSAR (Toronto South Asian Review) publications.
Mary Ann Mulhern presents When Angels Weep, her newest book of poetry from Black Moss Press.
Lolette Kuby reads from her collection of short fiction Out of Cleveland, published by Vehicule Press.
Keith Garebian presents poetry from his latest book, Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems, published by Signature Editions.
Ted Schmidt brings us his writing on a variety of social and spiritual issues with his book Journeys to the Heart of Catholicism from Seraphim Editions.
A native of Baysville, in Ontario’s Muskoka region, John Donlan is a poetry editor with Brick Books. He spends half the year as a reference librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, and the other half writing poetry near Godfrey, Ontario. His collections of poetry are Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (House of Anansi Press, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale Press, 1999), and Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008). You can contact John on the web at
Rozena Maart was born and raised in District Six,
Mary Ann Mulhern is a former nun in the Roman Catholic Church who left the convent to become a teacher in Windsor, Ontario. Her first book, The Red Dress, launched her career as a poet. She has been featured on the national CBC Radio program Tapestry, and has been profiled in The Toronto Star and other media across Canada. Her second book, Touch The Dead, was short listed for the 2007 Acorn Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Her latest book, When Angels Weep deals with one of the most damaging and controversial issues that faces the Roman Catholic Church and the largest settlement for sexual abuse in Canada’s history. The book tells the stories of four victims of the late Father Charles Sylvestre, who was found guilty of 47 counts of sexual abuse.
Lolette Kuby landed in
Her first collection of short stories, Out of Cleveland was released in April 2007 by Vehicule Press.
Capable of both humorous self-deprecation and bitter sarcasm, Kuby’s heroines pursue the truth with a resilient curiosity. Kuby is a member of PEN
Keith Garebian’s writing has been published in over eighty newspapers, magazines, journals, and anthologies. He is the author of three works of literary criticism, nine books on theatre, and has produced production histories for five classic Broadway musicals. He has written three collections of poetry, including Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems and Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano. The latter collection had simultaneous French translation by Governor-General Nominee Arlette Franciere, and was nominated for the ReLit Award for Poetry.
Among his many honours are the 2000 Mississauga Arts Award for Writing, the Lakeshore Arts & Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Award (2003), a Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Award (2006), and awards for haiku and free verse from The Ontario Poetry Society. He was the first-ever critic-at-large at a public library — at the Mississauga Public Library from 2000 to 2003.
Ted Schmidt is the recently retired editor of the Catholic New Times. He has given workshops on the social justice and biblical ethics from Kitimat B.C. to Stephenville, Nfld.
In a lifetime of teaching he has been honoured by religion teachers and colleagues, receiving
English Teachers' Award of Merit, Ontario
- the Glorya Nanne award for his writing on Catholic education
- the Social Justice Award from the
Secondary Catholic Teachers Association Toronto
- the Greer Memorial Award from the or his "outstanding commitment to publicly funded education."
A pioneer in Holocaust studies, Schmidt was the first teacher in
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Our September line-up will include Lolette Kuby, John Donlan, Ted Schmidt, Keith Garebian, Rozena Maart, and Mary Ann Mulhern.
See you then!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Glen Dresser reads from his first novel, Correction Road, published in 2007 by Oberon Press.
Jean Rae Baxter delves into the mystery of a lost play that might be by Shakespeare in Looking for Cardenio, published in 2008 by Seraphim Editions.
Phlip Arima presents his latest poetry collection, Breathe Now from Buschek Books.
Luciano Iacobelli brings the poetry of The Angel Notebook (Seraphim Editions) to Hamilton.
Maxianne Berger reads from Dismantled Secrets, her latest poetry collection, published by Wolsak and Wynn.
Clara Blackwood gives us poetry from her first full-length collection, Subway Medusa, published by Guernica Editions.
Glen Dresser was born in 1977 and grew up on a farm near the small prairie town of
His latest book of poetry is Breathe Now (BuschekBooks) -- a collection of image-driven poems dealing with both individual and global socio-political issues. You can visit Phlip at www.phliparima.com
Luciano Iacobelli was born in 1956 in
Maxianne Berger’s poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals such as In Fine Form (Polestar, 2005) and Carpe Diem: anthologie canadienne du Haiku / A Canadian Anthology of Haiku (David & Borealis, 2008). She likes juggling words and phrases: recent publications include a plunder-paradelle in dANDelion and a trans-cento in The New Quarterly. A montréalaise anglophone, she is active in the French and English haiku and tanka communities, reviewing for Gusts and writing about poetics for the Revue du tanka francophone. With Angela Leuck, she co-edited Sun Through the Blinds: Montreal Haiku Today (Shoreline, 2003). Maxianne Berger’s first book of poems, How We Negotiate (Empyreal, 1999) appeared in French as Compromis (des forges, 2006) in a translation by Florence Buathier. She has served as the Quebec representative for The League of Canadian Poets and as a mentor in the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s mentorship program. When not involved in writing, she is an audiologist at the McGill University Health Centre.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Johanna Skibsrud presents Late Nights with Wild Cowboys, from Gaspereau Press
Editor and poet Paul Sutherland introduces Dream Catcher, a top-tier UK literary journal with Canadian and international connections.
M.E. Csamer reads from Light is What We Live In, from Artful Codger Press.
Domenico Capilongo brings us his first collection, I thought elvis was italian, a spring publication from Wolsak and Wynn.
Karen Houle reads from her new book of poems, During, recently released by Gaspereau Press.
A member of the Secwepemc First Nation, Gottfriedson was born, raised, and lives in
Johanna Skibsrud was born in
Paul Sutherland grew up in
M. E. Csamer has been widely published in Canadian literary magazines. Her first collection Paper Moon appeared in 1998. A former board member of the ArtBar poetry reading series in
Domenico Capilongo was born in
Karen Houle is an associate professor in Philosophy at the
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Shari Lapeña worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She is a graduate of The Humber School for Writers, where her mentor was David Adams Richards. An excerpt from her first novel, Things Go Flying, appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of The Dalhousie Review. She won the Globe and Mail’s Great Toronto Literary Project contest, and was short listed for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. She lives in Toronto and is currently at work on her second novel, The Poets’ Preservation Society.