Brockton Writers Series: 04.07.12

July’s BWS features readings by Nalo Hopkinson, Heather Birrell, Suzanne Andrew, Perparim Kapllani and S.R. Davis. The Dundas West BIA is our fabulous co-sponsor!

Wednesday, July 4, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (facilitated by May Lui)

NOTE OUR LOCATION (we moved recently): Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery:

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Everyone welcome.


S.R Davis is an emerging writer from Toronto. Her novel, Pretty Piece of Flesh is the response to two teenagers. One was one of her high school students who asked what it was like to have been alive when Kurt Cobain was alive. The other spoke up to the best piece of advice she ever heard about writing: write the book you wish a younger you had found. That teenager demanded a book about a gay kid who ends up happy despite learning the unpopular truth that loving someone isn’t enough to fix him.

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is a Toronto-based writer. She grew up on Vancouver Island and has also lived in Ottawa. She writes for digital media, including websites, games, interactive documentaries and cross-platform television projects. Her work has also appeared in print publications including Taddle Creek, The Toronto Star and Broken Pencil. Her novel is an action-adventure love story that races across Canada from Vancouver Island to Toronto and back again.

Perparim Kapllani is a Canadian citizen of Albanian origin. He was a professional journalist in his native country Albania for 7 years and began writing literary fiction – years ago. He has four books published in Albania and two in Canada. His English-language play Queen Teuta of Illyria was published in a book in 2008 by In Our Words Inc., Ontario. His collection of short stories “Beyond the Edge” was published in 2010 by the same publishing house. His novel “The Last Will” is the third book in English, will be published soon. In May 2008, he established a pizza joint, the Corporation of Albany Pizza, which is located right beside No Frills. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son.

Heather Birrell is the author of two story collections, Mad Hope (Coach House, 2012) and I know you are but what am I? (Coach House, 2004). Her work has been honoured with the Journey Prize for short fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and has been short- listed for both National and Western Magazine Awards. Birrell’s stories have appeared in many North American journals and anthologies, including The New Quarterly, Descant, PRISM international, Hobart, and Toronto Noir. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Toronto, where she teaches high school English. Find out more at

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican science fiction and fantasy writer and editor who lives in Riverside, California. Her novels (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon’s Arms) and short stories such as those in her collection Skin Folk often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.
Hopkinson has edited two fiction anthologies (Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories). She was the co-editor with Uppinder Mehan for the anthology So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future, and with Geoff Ryman for Tesseracts 9.
Hopkinson defended George Elliott Clarke’s novel Whylah Falls on the CBC’s Canada Reads 2002. She was the curator of Six Impossible Things, an audio series of Canadian fantastical fiction on CBC Radio One.


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