Friday, November 26, 2010

Warming the Cockles of Our Christmas Hearts!

For December 5th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Skydragon Centre, the Lit Live elves have packaged up six terrific writers for your seasonal edification. Presents?! Oh yes!

Matthew Tierney reads from The Hayflick Limit, published by Coach House Books.

Garry Gottfriedson takes us inside Skin Like Mine, from Ronsdale Press.

James Deahl will be Opening the Stone Heart, his latest poetry collection from Aeolus House.

Bren Simmers dives into her first poetry collection, Night Gears from Wolsak and Wynn.

Eva Tihanyi revists Lit Live with poems In the Key of Red, from Inanna Publications.

A.J. Somerset reads from his first novel Combat Camera, published this year by Biblioasis.

Matthew Tierney

Matthew Tierney is the author of two books of poetry, Full Speed through the Morning Dark (Wolsak and Wynn) and The Hayflick Limit (Coach House). The latter collection was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2010. In 2005, he won first and second place in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and in 2006 was a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Award. Tierney "writes poems like a mad boy scientist," (Eye Weekly) and weaves "whiz-bang with philosophical insights that will break your heart" (American Literary Review). The Hayflick Limit gives voice to a range of characters who scrape out meaning in a carnivalesque universe.

Garry Gottfriedson

A member of the Secwepemc First Nation, Garry Gottfriedson was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, BC. He is a self-employed rancher with a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. His published works include In Honor of Our Grandmothers: Imprints of Cultural Survival (Theytus Books, 1994), 100 Years of Contact (Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, 1990), Glass Tepee (Thistledown Press, 2002), nominated for First People’s Publishing Award 2004, and Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005), his first children’s story. He has read from his work across North America, Europe and in Taiwan. Through Ronsdale Press he has two collections of poetry, Whiskey Bullets and Skin Like Mine.

James Deahl

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, James Deahl grew up in the city and in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970 and holds dual American/Canadian citizenship. He is a founding member of the Canadian Poetry Association. A cycle of his poems was the focus of a one-hour television special, Under the Watchful Eye (1993), the audio tape of which was later released by Broken Jaw Press. He has published (or translated) 19 books of poetry including Love Where Our Nights Are Long and If Ever Two Were One (Aeolus House 2008). Deahl has taught creative writing and Canadian literature at Norwell District Secondary School, Seneca College, and Ryerson University. He is currently the publisher of Unfinished Monument Press and lives in Hamilton.

Bren Simmers

Bren Simmers lives in Vancouver, where she works as a park interpreter. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, her work has been published in journals across Canada. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her first full book of poetry is Night Gears. Click here to learn more about Night Gears from its publisher, Wolsak and Wynn.

Eva Tihanyi

Eva Tihanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She grew up in Windsor, spent the 1980s in Toronto, and has called the Niagara Region home since 1989. Tihanyi teaches English and Communications at Niagara College and has published seven books, the most recent of which is In the Key of Red (Inanna, 2010). She is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.

A.J. Somerset

A. J. Somerset has been a soldier, a technical writer, a programmer, and a freelance photographer. His non-fiction has appeared in numerous outdoor magazines in Canada and the United States, and his articles have been translated into French and Japanese. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and children. Combat Camera is his first novel and this book was winner of the 2009-10 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Click here to learn more about Combat Camera from its publisher Biblioasis.