Monday, May 11, 2009

Pick Up Your Summer Reading in June at Lit Live!

Before you cruise to the cottage, be sure to stop by at Lit Live on Sunday June 7th at 7:30 p.m. for a fabulous collection of summertime books, brought to you by our talented line-up.

Steven Mayoff sings from Fatted Calf Blues, his collection of short stories published this year by Turnstone Press.

J.J. Steinfeld reads from Word Burials, his recent novel, published this year by Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink.

Kate Braid performs poems from A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, released in 2008 by Caitlin Press.

Isa Milman brings us her poetry collection, Prairie Kaddish, published this year by Coteau Books.

Michael Blair reads selections from his latest mystery novel, Depth of Field from Dundurn Press.

Sharon Nelson speaks to This Flesh These Words, her 2002 poetry collection from Ekstasis Editions.

Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff was born in Montreal, lived in Toronto for seventeen years, and now makes Prince Edward Island his home. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines across Canada and also in international journals such as Vocabula Review, Euphony, Mobius Magazine, (U.S.A.), The Dublin Quarterly (Ireland), The Arabesque Review (Algeria) and Upstairs At Duroc (France). He has written drama for the stage and for CBC Radio. As a lyricist he has collaborated in various genres with musicians such as Ted Dykstra, Melanie Doane, and David R. Scott. In 2003 he won the David Adams Richards Prize for an early portion of an unpublished novel. A later draft was a semi-finalist for the 2008 Breakout Novel Award. His first collection of fiction, Fatted Calf Blues, was published this year by Turnstone Press. You can visit him at

J.J. Steinfeld

J.J. Steinfeld is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island. He has published two novels, the first of which was Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield Press, 1987) and nine short story collections, the last three by Gaspereau Press—Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized?, Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown, and Would You Hide Me? His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over thirty of his one-act and full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States. His latest work, Word Burials, is a novel.

Kate Braid

Kate Braid has written four books of poetry that have won or been nominated for various prizes including the Pat Lowther Award, the BC Book Prize, the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize and the Vancity Book Prize. In 2005 she co-edited with Sandy Shreve, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Raincoast). She has also published three books of non-fiction and her poems and personal essays have been widely published and anthologized. Her next book of poems, Turning Left to the Ladies will be published this month by Palimpsest. She has recently moved to the heart of Vancouver where she lives with her partner. The book Braid will be reading from, A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, explores an imagined correspondence between Glenn Gould, one of Canada’s great musicians, and an admiring fan who, in struggling with her sudden loss of hearing in one ear, finds comfort in Gould’s music.

Isa Milman

Isa Milman is a poet, artist and occupational therapist who lives in Victoria, B.C. Born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1949, she emigrated with her family to Boston in 1950, where she grew up and was educated at Tufts University. She has lived in Canada since 1975; over a period of 21 years she lived in Montreal, where she completed a Masters degree in rehabilitation and taught occupational therapy at McGill. She is also a visual artist whose paintings and prints are found in private collections in Canada, the United States, Europe and Israel. For three days a week, she coordinates the epilepsy program at the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre. In 2005 she won the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Poetry Prize. She has published Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis Editions, 2004) and Seven Fat Years (Frog Hollow Press, 2002) Her latest book is Prairie Kaddish (Coteau Books, 2009) where she uses historical and personal awakening, and archival sleuthing, to create a "kaddish" - a Jewish prayer of mourning and commemoration - for a prairie community that exists now only through remembrance.

Michael Blair

If Looks Could Kill was Michael Blair’s first mystery, published in March 2001 by McClelland & Stewart after being shortlisted (in manuscript and under a different title) for the 1999 Chapters/ Robertson Davies Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2001 Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Award. Since then, Blair has written four books for Dundurn Press: A Hard Winter Rain (2004), Overexposed (2006), The Dells, (2007), and his latest, Depth of Field, which was released in February 2009. To support his writing habit, he’s held a wide variety of jobs. Since 1994 he has been a freelance technical writer/editor. He lives in Montreal but if you can’t make it there, you can visit him at

Sharon Nelson

Sharon H. Nelson is a poet and essayist with a theatre and dance background. She has written for stage, newspapers, journals, and technical publications; worked as an editor and managing editor, and occasionally has taught writing and editing. She is the author of many books and chapbooks of poems, and her writing has appeared in a variety of anthologies, including Voices Within the Ark: the Modern Jewish Poets and At Our Core: Women Writing About Power. Her poetry book, This Flesh These Words, addresses how we use language to form and deform as well as to sustain community. It was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2002. You can visit Sharon Nelson at