Brockton Writers Series 04.05.16

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016 – 6:30pm

May the fourth be with you! Come out to Brockton Writers Series’ third event of 2016. Featuring readers:

Pushpa Raj Acharya
Shari Kasman
Larissa Lai
Melanie Mah

and special guest speaker

Shannon Whibbs


full of beans Coffee House & Roastery

1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto

The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and treats are 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.


And to the Canada Council for the Arts for travel funding!


“Shall We Dance? The Importance of the Author-Editor Relationship”


Shannon Whibbs is Acquisitions Editor at Dundurn. She has edited the works of authors such as Austin Clarke, Audrey Thomas, Farzana Doctor, George Fetherling, Allan Stratton, and Priscila Uppal. She holds a B.A. in English from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Centennial College Book and Magazine Publishing Program. Shannon is a former writer for Chart Magazine and has done editorial work for FASHION Magazine, Harlequin, and House of Anansi. She lives in Toronto.


PUSHPAPushpa Raj Acharya grew up in Pokhara, Nepal, and came to Canada in 2012. His fist poetry book, Chhayakal (“The Shadows of Time”), is in Nepali, and his second, Dream Catcher, is in English. His collaborative poetry and art book Somnio: The Way We See It was published in 2015. Pushpa was a member of Borderlines Writers Circle/Writer-In-Exile Program, Edmonton. He is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. 

ShariKasmanShari Kasman is a Toronto-based writer whose work has appeared in Joyland and Taddle Creek Magazine as well as in Anansi’s eBook anthology of Broken Social Scene stories. Her collection of short stories, Everything Life Has to Offer, will be published by Invisible Publishing in November 2016.


Lai publicity photo 2014Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two books of poetry, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and most recently, a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing there.

Melanie Mah, originally from the foothills of Alberta, now calls Toronto home. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and is the author of The Sweetest One, a novel forthcoming in spring 2016 by Cormorant Books.


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