Happy Siete de Mayo! It’s not a real holiday, but we’ll do our best to make it one on Wednesday, May 7, at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto), with readings by:
Adam Abbas, Kate Cayley, Tom Cho and Amanda Leduc!
Plus, come early — 6:30pm — for a special talk by Amanda, “From Couchsurfing to Cafés: The Magic of the D.I.Y. Book Tour”!
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!
Adam Abbas is more interested in what’s muttered after the phone call than the phone call itself. His poems can be found in various publications including The Continuist and Lantern. His first poetry book, A State, A Statue, A Statute, will be published by the Vancouver-based Steel Bananas Art Collective in Summer 2014. He lives in Toronto. Twitter: @Adam_M_Abbas.
Kate Cayley’s first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, is published by Brick Books. She has also written a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, published by Annick Press. She is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has co-created, directed and written eight plays with the company. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, and her play After Akhmatova was produced as part of Tarragon’s 40th anniversary season. Her new play, The Bakelite Masterpiece, will be performed at Tarragon in Fall, 2014, and her first short story collection, How You Were Born, is forthcoming from Pedlar Press.
Tom Cho‘s collection, Look Who’s Morphing, was originally published to acclaim in Australia, where it was shortlisted for multiple awards and is now in its second printing. This collection has just been published by Arsenal Pulp Press for North America and Europe. Tom’s fiction has been widely published, in such publications as The Best Australian Stories series, Asia Literary Review and The New Quarterly, and he has has performed his work at many festivals, from Singapore Writers Festival to Sydney Mardi Gras. Born and raised in Australia, he has applied for permanent residency in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in Professional Writing and is currently writing a novel about the meaning of life.
Amanda Leduc‘s essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Tampa Review Online, The Rumpus, ELLE Canada, Big Truths, Little Fiction, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, and other publications across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She was longlisted for this year’s CBC Canada Writes Short Story Contest, and shortlisted for both the 2012 PRISM International Short Fiction Contest and the 2012 TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Her novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, was published in 2013 by Toronto’s ECW Press. She has lived in B.C., England, and Scotland, and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she spends too much time on the Internet and is at work on her next novel.
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