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).
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.