Brockton Writers Series: 05.03.14

March into Brockton Writers Series (get it?) on Wednesday, March 5, at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto) and enjoy readings by:

Angie Abdou, John Degen, Michael Fraser and Veena Gokhale!

Plus, come early — 6:30pm — for a special talk by Veena: “Writers as Publicists: Saying Yes to Selling Your Book”!

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Please note that while the venue is wheelchair accessible, washroom facilities are not.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


As always, watch this space for more with each of our writers in the month to come!


Angie Abdou lives in the Canadian Rockies (Fernie, BC) where she writes, teaches, mothers, and recreates. Her first novel,The Bone Cage, was the inaugural One Book One Kootenay selection, a Canada Reads 2011 finalist, and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Canterbury Trail, is a tragicomedy about mountain life, small-town identity politics, and our relationship with the environment. It won a 2012 IPPY gold medal for Canada West and was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year. Angie will read from her forthcoming novel, a satire about international nannies and hot yoga.

John Degen is executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) and has published three books. His debut novel, The Uninvited Guest (Nightwood Editions), was shortlisted for the 2006 First Novel Award and has been translated into Croatian. He has also published two acclaimed collections of poetry. John writes a popular blog on writing and publishing with a particular focus on copyright. He is also the host of an occasional audio podcast, The Book Room.

Michael Fraser is a high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various anthologies and journals including: Literary Review of Canada, The Paris Atlantic, and Caribbean Writer. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press.  He won Arc’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Poem of the Year. His poem “Going to Cape” is included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. He is the creator and director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

Veena Gokhale started her career as a journalist, in Bombay, in the 1980s. She captures that era in her debut collection, Bombay Wali and Other Stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2013. In 1992, she came to Canada on a journalism fellowship, returning to do a Masters. She immigrated and worked for environment and international development organizations. Her stories and poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. In 2011, Veena got a grant to write her first novel. She is presently marketing that manuscript. Veena lives in Montreal with her partner Marc-Antoine. Visit her at


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