June is Queer Night at BWS and features readings by Ari Belathar, Shawn Syms, Vivek Shraya and Liz Bugg!
Wednesday, June 6, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (special guest:Nita Pronovost, Senior Editor, Doubleday Canada Publishing Group)
NOTE OUR LOCATION (we moved recently): Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-of-beans-Coffee-House-Roastery/174023849301137
PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Everyone welcome.
SHAWN SYMS has written about sexuality, gender, culture and politics for 25 years. His journalism has been appeared in numerous publications and his fiction can be read in Joyland Magazine, Little Fiction, PRISM international, and the anthologies Boys of Summer and The Journey Prize Stories 21.
LIZ BUGG was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Toronto via England and Victoria. She spent many years acting and teaching high school English, Drama and Music. Her first novel, Red Rover, published in 2010 by Insomniac Press, began as a way to fill the time during summer holidays, but eventually became much more. Margaret Cannon of the Globe and Mail called it “a slick debut,” and The Golden Crown Literary Society recognized it with a Debut Author Award. Oranges and Lemons, Liz’s second book in The Calli Barnow Series was published in April of 2012 and continues to follow the adventures of Toronto’s lesbian P.I.
VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. Vivek also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia, and currently facilitates the Supporting Our Youth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers. God Loves Hair, his first collection of short stories, was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is currently working on his next book. His new short film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, will premiere in Toronto in June, followed by its festival debut at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August.
KRISTYN DUNNION was raised in a one-stoplight town in Southern Ontario and escaped. She writes novels, short stories, metal power anthems, and performs live art when words fail her. Her recent short story collection The Dirt Chronicles is shortlisted for a Lambda Lit award. Notable novels include Missing Matthew, Mosh Pit, and Big Big Sky. Kristyn has books for sale and in true punk / DIY tradition will consider swapping for art, booze, and feminine hygiene products. http://www.kristyndunnion.com