Tag Archives: Brockton Writers Series

Brockton Writers Series 09.01.13

Start your New Year right with magnificent readings by:
Liam Card, Lillian Necakov Avalos, Kamal Al-Solaylee & Bianca Lakoseljac!


Wednesday, January 9, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (facilitated by May Lui). Our special guest is Matt Adams from Between the Lines.  

Full of Beans Cafe, 1348 Dundas Street West, Toronto

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Everyone welcome.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.

BIOS:
Bianca Lakoseljac is the author of: Summer of the Dancing Bear, a novel about the rite of passage of a fourteen year old girl befriended by a gypsy clan; Bridge in the Rain, a collection of stories linked by an inscription on a bench in Toronto’s High Park; and Memoirs of a Praying Mantis, a collection of poetry. She has judged national contests for the Writers Union of Canada and Canadian Authors Association, among others. Bianca taught communications at Ryerson University and Humber College and is Past President of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto branch.

Liam Card was born and raised in Paisley, Ontario. In both 1998 and 1999, Liam was a member of the Canadian National Jr. Track & Field Team. While on a full track scholarship at both universities, Liam studied creative writing at the University of Iowa, and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Communication Studies from UNC. Liam lives in Toronto with his wife Kelda and daughter, Elodie.

Lillian Necakov has been writing and publishing for over 30 years. She is the author of Sickbed of Dogs, Wolsak and Wynn, 1989, Polaroids, Coach House Books, 1997, Hat Trick, Exile Editions, 1998, The Bone Broker, Mansfield Press, 2007 and Hooligans, Mansfield Press 2011. During the 80’s she sold her books on the streets of Toronto. Lillian runs the Boneshaker Reading Series.

Kamal Al-Solaylee, an assistant professor and undergraduate program director at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, EYE WEEKLY, Literary Review of Canada and ELLE Canada. Al-Solaylee holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University. Al-Solaylee lives in Toronto.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Queer Night at Brockton Writers Series!

June is Queer Night at BWS and features readings by Ari Belathar, Shawn Syms, Vivek Shraya and Liz Bugg!

Wednesday, June 6, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (special guest:Nita Pronovost, Senior Editor, Doubleday Canada Publishing Group)

NOTE OUR LOCATION (we moved recently): Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-of-beans-Coffee-House-Roastery/174023849301137

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Everyone welcome.

BIOS:

SHAWN SYMS has written about sexuality, gender, culture and politics for 25 years. His journalism has been appeared in numerous publications and his fiction can be read in Joyland Magazine, Little Fiction, PRISM international, and the anthologies Boys of Summer and The Journey Prize Stories 21.

LIZ BUGG was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Toronto via England and Victoria. She spent many years acting and teaching high school English, Drama and Music. Her first novel, Red Rover, published in 2010 by Insomniac Press, began as a way to fill the time during summer holidays, but eventually became much more. Margaret Cannon of the Globe and Mail called it “a slick debut,” and The Golden Crown Literary Society recognized it with a Debut Author Award. Oranges and Lemons, Liz’s second book in The Calli Barnow Series was published in April of 2012 and continues to follow the adventures of Toronto’s lesbian P.I.

VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. Vivek also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia, and currently facilitates the Supporting Our Youth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers. God Loves Hair, his first collection of short stories, was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is currently working on his next book. His new short film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, will premiere in Toronto in June, followed by its festival debut at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August.

KRISTYN DUNNION was raised in a one-stoplight town in Southern Ontario and escaped. She writes novels, short stories, metal power anthems, and performs live art when words fail her. Her recent short story collection The Dirt Chronicles is shortlisted for a Lambda Lit award. Notable novels include Missing Matthew, Mosh Pit, and Big Big Sky. Kristyn has books for sale and in true punk / DIY tradition will consider swapping for art, booze, and feminine hygiene products. http://www.kristyndunnion.com

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

04/04/12

April’s BWS features readings by members of The Writers Union of Canada: Sandra Campbell, Anand Mahadevan, Thomas Armstrong, Anne Perdue, Elizabeth Abbott and Glen Downie!

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm-8:30pm, with a reception hosted by TWUC at 6:30pm.

St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone (just north of Dundas).

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books available for sale. Everyone welcome.

Got questions about The Writers Union of Canada? Want to meet TWUC authors? Come to a special reception hosted by TWUC from 6:30-7:00pm. Open to ALL.

Thanks to the Jeremiah Community at St. Anne’s for providing the space to us.

We regret that the space is not wheelchair accessible (yet–stay tuned for more news on this).

 

SANDRA CAMPBELL: Ottawa born, Toronto resident brings her work in educational media to documentaries and essays on the imagination, learning and culture and to her teaching creative writing. Her first novel, Getting to Normal was NOWToronto’s magazine’s choice for best books 2001. From 2002-05 she co-edited an online journal of personal narratives. Her new novel,The Pig and the Soprano inspired by the life of Georgina Stirling, a 19th century soprano from Newfoundland, explores the consequences of daring, ambition and desire. Her personal narrative, Conspiracy tells of the relationship between two sisters as re-discovered in memory, music and visual art. Her writing workshops (Writing the Body and From the Inside Out) inspire creativity through a playful experiential focus on the subjective dynamics of body, memory and the imagination.

ANAND MAHADEVAN is a Toronto based novelist and teacher of writing. He has an MFA from Boston University’s critically acclaimed writing program and his first novel The Strike has been published in Canada, the US and India. He is currently wrapping up work on his second novel.

THOMAS ARMSTRONG began to write fiction in 2002. His long time interest in Supernatural and West Indian literature made a natural intersection that is reflected in his writing and his reading. His influences range from Edgar Mittelholzer to H. P. Lovecraft. Initially he wrote short fiction, largely supernatural, before writing the short story, Flying In God’s Face, in 2005, which became the novel, Of Water And Rock. In 2009, the novel manuscript was entered in the Frank Collymore Literary Awards, where it won second prize. It was subsequently published by DC Books of Montreal in 2010, and later in the year the novel won the NIFCA 2010 Best Barbadian Book Award. Thomas is educated in Mathematics and Computer Science, currently makes a living as a software developer, and divides his time between Canada and Barbados. He is married still and has two children.

ANNE PERDUE graduated with honours from the U of T School of
Continuing Studies Creative Writing program where she received the
Marina Nemat Excellence in Creative Writing Award. Her first book, I’m a Registered Nurse Not a Whore, published by Insomniac Press in 2010, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and short-listed for the Relit Award. Anne lives in Toronto.

ELIZABETH ABBOTT is a writer and historian with a special interest in women’s issues, the lives of animals and the environment. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, and include Sugar: A Bittersweet History, Haiti: A Shattered Nation and the best-selling A History of Celibacy, A History of Marriage and Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman, the three volumes of her historical relationship trilogy. Sugar: A Bittersweet History, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. A History of Marriage was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Prize for Non-Fiction. www.elizabethabbott.ca. She also blogs on Huffington Post.

GLEN DOWNIE was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. In 1999, he served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program. He has published fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and several collections of poetry, including Loyalty Management (Wolsak & Wynn, 2007) which won the 2008 Toronto Book Award. His most recent book is Local News (Wolsak & Wynn, 2011).

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

07/03/12

March’s BWS features readings by Maureen Hynes, Hal Niedzviecki, Sheniz Janmohamed and Angie Abdou!

Wednesday, March 7th, 7pm-8:30pm
St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone (just north of Dundas)

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books available for sale. Everyone welcome.

Got questions about submitting your work to a publisher? Join our writers’ networking session, 6:30-7:00pm. Open to all writers, emerging and established. Facilitated by May Lui. Special guest, Margaret Bryant will visit from The Dundurn Group.

Thanks to the Jeremiah Community at St. Anne’s for providing the space to us.
We regret that the space is not wheelchair accessible (yet–stay tuned for more news on this).

BIOS:

Maureen Hynes’s book, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. She has also published Harm’s Way (Brick Books), and, most recently, Marrow, Willow (Pedlar Press). A past winner of England’s Petra Kenney Award, she has also had a poem selected for Best Canadian Poems 2010, and another longlisted for Best Canadian Poems 2011. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine (ourtimes.ca).

Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of eight books including the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights, 2009). The Peep Diaries was made into a television documentary entitled Peep Culture produced for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is the current fiction editor and the founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts (www.brokenpencil.com). He edited the magazine from 1995 to 2002. Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, the Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine. Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that charts the media saturated terrain of ever shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age.

Sheniz Janmohamed is spoken word artist, author and graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. She has been mentored by Dionne Brand, Kuldip Gill and Janice Kulyk Keefer. She is the founder of Ignite Poets, a youth spoken word initiative with an emphasis on social awareness. With over 7 years of performance experience, Sheniz has been featured at the TedXYouth Conference and This is not a Reading Series to name a few. Her first book, Bleeding Light (TSAR) a collection of sufi-inspired English ghazals, explores a woman’s journey through night. She knows that in order to witness dawn, she has to travel through dusk first. Throughout her journey, she is caught between West and East, religion and heresy, love and anti-love, darkness and the knowledge of light.

Angie Abdou was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK. She currently lives in Fernie, BC and teaches full-time at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. Her first novel The Bone Cage was the inaugural selection for One Book, One Kootenay; a finalist in 2011 Canada Reads; and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year (putting her in company with Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, David Adams Richards, and Annabel Lyon). Tonight she will read from The Canterbury Trail, a dark comedy about mountain culture which was a finalist for the 2011 Banff Mountain Book of the Year.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

01/02/2012

We’re back!

February’s BWS features: Koom Kankesan, Maria Meindl, Jeffrey Round and Suzanne Sutherland.

Wednesday, February 1st, 7pm-8:30pm
St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone (just north of Dundas)

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books available for sale. Everyone welcome.

Got questions about grants? Join our writers’ networking session, 6:30-7:00pm. Open to all writers, emerging and established. Facilitated by May Lui. Special guest, John Degen, Literature Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.

Thanks to the Jeremiah Community at St. Anne’s for providing the space to us.
We regret that the space is not wheelchair accessible (yet–stay tuned for more news on this).

BIOS:

KOOM Kankesan is a writer with a background in English Literature and Film Studies. He has written short stories and small anecdotal pieces for various journals, and has published film and book reviews with newspapers such as the Montreal Gazette. He is an unabashed fan of comic books and movies. The Panic Button is his first novella:
http://www.quattrobooks.ca/quattro-fiction/the-panic-button

MARIA Meindl is the author of Outside the Box: the Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew from McGill Queens University Press, a story “The Last Judgment” from Found Press and “Rules” an essay in an anthology on death published by Creative Non Fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Literary Review of Canada, Descant and Musicworks. She has made two radio series for CBC Ideas: Parent Care, and Remembering Polio. She is the founder of the Draft reading series (now in its seventh season) which features work by new and established writers.www.bodylanguagejournal.wordpress.com

JEFFREY Round’s first two books, A Cage of Bones and The P-town Murders, were listed on “AfterElton’s Top 100 Gay books.” He is also a film and stage director and a composer. His latest book is Lake On The Mountain, a literary-thriller about a gay missing persons investigator (Dundurn). Jeffrey’s Blog, A Writer’s Half-Life, has been syndicated on www.unvailed.com, a site dedicated to unfettered ideas and imagination. Visit his website: www.jeffreyround.com.

SUZANNE Sutherland’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Descant, Dragnet and Steel Bananas. Her first book, When We Were Good, a young adult novel about girls, guitars and the Bloor Viaduct, will published by Sumach Press in 2013. She is also the founder of the Toronto Zine Library, as well as the Lovely Picnic concert series.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized