Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In March, We Lionize Our Writers

On Sunday March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Lit Live presents six writers to chase away the last of winter.

Susan Glickman selects and reads from her impressive poetry career, including her forthcoming collection, Yarrow.

Michael Winter brings his novel The Architects Are Here, published by Penguin.

Barbara Fradkin introduces us to This Thing of Darkness, her latest novel in the Michael Green series, published in 2009.

Cornelia Hoogland returns to Lit Live with poetry spanning her five collections and her forthcoming book Woods Wolf Girl, to be published by Wolsak and Wynn.

Camille Martin reads from her soon-to-be published collection Sonnets and also from Codes of Public Sleep, published in 2007 by BookThug.

Hilary Scharper brings her collection of short stories Dream Dresses, published by Seraphim Editions in 2009.

Susan Glickman

Susan Glickman lives in Toronto where she teaches creative writing at Ryerson and the University of Toronto. Glickman is the author of five books of poetry from Signal Editions, most recently Running in Prospect Cemetery: New & Selected Poems (2004); a sixth poetry collection, Yarrow, is due out in 2012. Her study The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape won both the Raymond Klibansky and the Gabrielle Roy prizes and her novel, The Violin Lover (Goose Lane Editions, 2006), won the Canadian Jewish Fiction Award. Her first children’s book, Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch, was named one of best book of 2008 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; a sequel, Best Friends for Bernadette, will be coming out next fall. You can keep up with her at

Michael Winter

Michael Winter graduated from Newfoundland's Memorial University, in 1986 with a BA in economic geography. Over the following years, however, he followed a different calling: writing stories; establishing the Burning Rock Collective in St. John’s (with Ramona Dearing and Lisa Moore); and editing for eight years the literary journal Tickle Ace. Winter’s first book of stories, Creaking in Their Skins, was published in 1994 by Quarry Press. In 1999, Pocupine's Quill published Winter's second fiction collection, One Last Good Look. That same year, Winter moved to Toronto, where he subsequently published two novels with Anansi: This All Happened (2000) and The Big Why (2004). His most recent novel, The Architects are Here (2007) was published by Penguin.

Barbara Fradkin

Barbara Fradkin is a psychologist with a fascination for how we turn bad. Her short stories haunt numerous publications and have received four Arthur Ellis Best Short Story nominations. However, she is best known for her gritty novels featuring the impetuous Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green, whose passion for justice often conflicts with family, friends and police protocol. The series debuted with Do or Die in 2000 and has won back-to-back Arthur Ellis Best Novel Awards for Fifth Son and Honour Among Men. The seventh book in the series, This Thing of Darkness, was released in the autumn of 2009. It begins when a retired psychiatrist with a controversial treatment approach is mugged on the streets of Ottawa. More information is available at

Cornelia Hoogland

Hoogland’s poetry has been shortlisted five times for the CBC literary awards. The nominations include selections from Cuba Journal (Black Moss Press, 2003) as well as her second and third books of poetry, You Are Home (Black Moss Press, 2001) and Marrying the Animals (Brick Books, 1995). Her recent awards include 2009 finalist placements for the Stephen Dunn Poetry Award, The Broome Review (USA); the Malahat Review Long Poem Competition; and Descant’s 2008 Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem. She was awarded 1st place in the Saving Bannister Poetry Competition (CAA, Niagara, ON), as well as the 2007 Silver Hammer contest run by Hammered Out magazine (Hamilton, Ontario). Woods Wolf Girl, Cornelia Hoogland’s manuscript based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, is forthcoming with Wolsak & Wynn in 2011. Hoogland is the founder and artistic director of Poetry London (, an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with London writers and readers. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

Camille Martin

Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, is the author of Sonnets (Exeter, U.K.: Shearsman Books, forthcoming) and a collection of poetry, Codes of Public Sleep (Toronto: BookThug, 2007). Her work has been published in international literary journals. Her current work-in-progress, funded by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, is a sequence of poems based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage. She earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University. Currently she teaches writing and literature at Ryerson University. You can reach her on the web here

Hilary Scharper

Hilary (Cunningham) Scharper received her doctorate from Yale University and is currently Associate Professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto. A former professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, an earlier book of hers, God and Caesar at the Rio Grande (University of Minnesota Press) received a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. A fellow of Trinity College and an alumna of Massey College, she brings a keen sense of the everyday world of ordinary people into her work. Her latest book is a collection of short stories from Seraphim Editions, entitled Dream Dresses.