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Brockton Writers Series: 12.09.12

We’re back in September with a fabulous line-up featuring
Patricia Westerhof, Benjamin Hackman, Leslie Shimotakahara and James FitzGerald!

Wednesday, September 12, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30-7:00pm with special guest speaker Sheila Barry, Co-publisher of Groundwood Books.

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.

BIOS:

Patricia Westerhof is the author of Catch Me When I Fall , a collection of linked stories about a Dutch-Canadian community, and co-author of The Writer’s Craft, a textbook on creative writing. Her novel The Dove in Bathurst Station, set in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhoods, subway stations and drainpipes, will be published in 2013. Her stories also appear in the anthology Trees Running Backwards, and in Room, The Feathertale Review and The Dalhousie Review. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches English and creative writing.

Benjamin Hackman is a poet, lyricist, and performer. His poetry has most recently appeared in Canadian Literature, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. He is currently at work on his first collection, entitled, The Benjy Poems, an excerpt of which was awarded the Ted Plantos Memorial Award from the Ontario Poetry Society. He lives and writes in his hometown, Toronto, with his partner and his cat.

Leslie Shimotakahara is a writer and recovering academic, who wanted to be simply a writer from before the time she could read. Hard-pressed to answer her parents’ question of how she would support herself as a writer, Leslie got drawn into the labyrinthine study of literature, completing her B.A. from McGill, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern American Literature from Brown. Her memoir The Reading List: Literature, Love and Back Again (Variety Crossing Press, 2011) is her first book, chronicling her escape from the Ivory Tower. She is currently completing a historical novel.

James FitzGerald is a Toronto-born journalist and author. His first book, “Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College”, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of Canada’s ruling class families. Revelations of the sexual abuse of boys at the school, first published in the book, led to the conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC in 2002.
James’ latest book, “What Disturbs Our Blood”, a multi-layered exploration of madness and high achievement in his prominent Toronto medical family, won the 2010 Writers’ Trust Prize For Non-Fiction. The book grew out of a 2002 Toronto Life article that won a National Magazine Award.

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