Brockton Writers Series 11.01.17

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017 – 6:30pm

Brockton Writers Series rings in another amazing year! Join us for readings by:

Danila Botha
John Calabro
Soraya Peerbaye
Dane Swan

and special guest speaker

Jack Illingworth


Glad Day Bookshop

499 Church St., Toronto

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

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


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


“Changes to the Ontario Arts Council
Grants for Writers”


Jack Illingworth is the Literature Officer for the Ontario Arts Council. He has previously worked with a number of book publishers, magazines, and literary organizations, most recently the Literary Press Group of Canada.


img_8307Danila Botha is the author of the novel Too Much on the Inside (Quattro, 2015), which recently won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel, and the short story collections For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known (Tightrope, 2016) and Got No Secrets (Tightrope, 2010). She just started writing a column interviewing writers for the Puritan’s Town Crier. Danila is currently writing a new novel and working on her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She will be teaching at the Humber School for Writers, in the correspondence writing program this spring. Danila lives in Toronto with her family.

john-calabro-photoJohn Calabro is a fiction writer. His novella, Bellecour, published in 2005 was named by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 5 First Fiction in 2005. The Cousin was published in 2009, and its French translation, Le Cousin, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. An Imperfect Man is his third novella.

soraya_guenther-1Soraya Peerbaye’s most recent collection of poetry, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry prize. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, and the chapbook anthology Translating Horses. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

dsc00426Dane Swan’s second  poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby, was published by Guernica Editions in Spring 2016. Inspired by the life and music of Charles Mingus, the collection explores themes that permeate the life of his subject and Dane’s personal life. A past Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto, former slam poet, and self-taught author, Dane Swan regularly collaborates with poets, performance artists and musicians as a founding member of MXTP_CLTRS (Mixtape Cultures), a small artist collective.


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