Come celebrate our third anniversary with November’s fabulous line-up:
Brandon Pitts, Gein Wong, Kateri Lanthier and Shari Lapena!
Wednesday, November 14, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (facilitated by May Lui). Our special guest is Christine Cowley, self-publishing expert. Come with your self-publishing questions!
Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
SHARI Lapena’s first novel, Things Go Flying, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. She won the Globe and Mail’s Great Toronto Literary Project contest, and was shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Her second novel, Happiness Economics, was published in September, 2011 and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She was recently named one of CBC Books’ Writers to Watch, 2012. She lives in Toronto and is currently at work on her third novel.
KATERI Lanthier has a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. She has worked as an editor in educational publishing and is a freelance writer specializing in design, architecture and fine art. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, and England, including Descant, Grain, Matrix, The Antigonish Review, Saturday Night, Quarry, Writing Women, London Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, www.levelerpoetry.com and www.lyrelyre.com. Reporting from Night, her first poetry collection, was published by Iguana Books in December 2011. She is currently at work on a novel set in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood.
Prolific novelist, poet, lyricist, and playwright, BRANDON PITTS is the author of the poetry collection, Pressure to Sing (IOWI), the novel, Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press) and the play, ONE NIGHT, performed at the 2012 Toronto Fringe festival. In 2011, he was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an Emerging Voice.
GEIN Wong is an interdisciplinary playwright, director, composer, poet and video artist whose works focus on obvious things like gender, class and race, as well as things a little less obvious like gender, class and race. She is a member of the Canadian Stage Company’s 2012 Director and Designer program, as well as the HERE Arts Centre Residency Program in New York City. Gein was short listed for the 2010 Ontario KM Hunter Award in Theatre and is featured in Diaspora Dialogues’ 2010 commemorative book of past artists and works. She is Artistic Director of the interdisciplinary performance company, Eventual Ashes, co-founder/Artistic Director of the Toronto and Vancouver based community arts organisation Asian Arts Freedom School, and a co-owner of the Glad Day Bookstore, Canada’s oldest queer bookstore.