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BWS 08.01.14: It’s tonight!

Join us for hot drinks and cool readings

at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery


at 7:00pm with four featured writers. Check out their BWS blog visits below, then come by and meet:

Katie Boland

J.M. Frey

Michael Mirolla

& Sherwin Tjia.

Plus, come early — 6:30 — for a talk by our special guest, author Cory Silverberg, about crowd-funding and how writers can put it to use!

Crowd-funding is both a mechanism for raising money and a medium for communication.  Like any medium, it has its own set of rules and expectations, which can be difficult to navigate at first.  Author and sex educator Cory Silverberg turned to crowd-funding to raise money to publish his first children’s book.  He hoped to raise $9,500 in 30 days, but reached his target in less than 24 hours; by the end of the project, he had received over $65,000 of support. In this talk, Cory will share strategies and tips for setting up and executing a crowd-funding project in a manner that makes it more likely to succeed.

Cory was raised by a children’s librarian and a sex therapist, and grew up to be a sexuality educator and writer.  He received his Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, and was a founding member of the Come As You Are Co-operative. Cory is the Sexuality Guide for About.com, writes a column for The Huffington Post, and is the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability with Miriam Kaufman and Fran Odette.  He is currently writing a series of books for children about sexuality and gender for Seven Stories Press.  The first, What Makes a Baby, (May, 2013), was initially self-published through Kickstarter, where it was the most funded picture book project in the website’s history.

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BWS 08.01.14: Katie Boland

Katie BolandKatie Boland has been acting professionally since the age of nine, is currently filming a recurring role on the CW series, Reign, and in April, 2013, she published her first book, Eat Your Heart Out, a collection of short stories. Ahead of her January 8 visit to Brockton Writers Series, she stops by the blog to talk about beginning (to write) again.

“It’s hard to move forward when you don’t know what way you’re facing.”

– John Lennon

Writing came to me like a gift, like something I didn’t deserve. It was like shaking hands with the love of your life on a hot summer night, on a street corner in Montreal, the day after you were supposed to be gone already. He wore a blue shirt and I wore a pink dress.

Becoming a writer, like him, it hit me like a freight train. Like him, writing found me when I wasn’t looking for it but needed it most.

In the just over a year I had with the man I met on a street corner, the so far and maybe ultimate love of my life, there was a lot of rap music. There was dancing, talking, reading, watching, travelling, a voice I felt like I’d always known, his hand on the small of my back and sleeping well for the first time in my life. There was a lot of happy.

There was not a lot of writing.

“Can you imagine if we’d never met?” I asked him.

“I don’t like to think about that,” he said.

We broke up a month ago. Things I didn’t like to think about are now the reality I live in. Here I am, waking up every night at 4 a.m., jolted by an alarm I didn’t want to set. I feel like everyone else lives on Planet Earth. I live on Planet How The Fuck Did This Happen? Planet Make This Go Away.

But mostly, I live on Planet He’s Gone.

Lying awake, I have come closest to understanding that God, (or whoever), doesn’t fuck around. He gives but He also takes and doesn’t need to give back. I have been forced to accept that time and loss are enemies and best friends. I need time to move past this, but the more that passes, the more what I’ve lost is really gone.

Last night my friend Molly looked at me in Café Diplomatico, an Italian joint on College Street that’s very popular and not very good. “I wrote an article that comes out tonight,” she said. “It’s called ‘Don’t Cheat On Your Loneliness.’ I saw that written in a bathroom stall. Isn’t that perfect?”

Last night, in a taxi I didn’t need to take, I thought, “All I do lately is cheat on my loneliness.” Why shouldn’t I? How do I be true to something I hate so much?

“Write, I guess,” I heard a small voice say, then I sighed. I don’t want to write, I thought. I want this to be over.

Last night, at 4 a.m., awake again, I listened to that small voice because it’s really hard to ignore when my house is so quiet.

“Write,” she said.

She told me that through writing, one day, things will change. That one day, everything I write won’t be for or about him. With fingers pressed up against that keyboard, the lingering sense of him will have faded. That by writing — not by texting other men, not by seeing psychics, not by visiting rock stars in North Carolina — I will have not cheated on my loneliness.

I fell asleep.

I woke up again hours later. Today is the first day since we’ve broken up that I’ve sat back at this computer.

Of all the things that feel true lately, and there are many, the following remain the most shining and resolute. Writing and lovers will scoop out my insides, the parts that I don’t like, and show them to me. Only by stretching myself in the direction of loneliness will I come back again.  By writing alone, listening to a rap song he would  love, I will see what happened between he and I not as a tragedy but as my becoming. One day, I won’t miss him like this. One day, I will hope everyone gets to fall in love like we did.  One day, I will understand why this happened.

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Until then, I’ll write.

Katie Boland visits the Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – full of beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto (7pm, PWYC) – along with J.M. Frey, Michael Mirolla and Sherwin Tjia. Come early (6:30) for a talk by author Cory Silverberg about crowd-funding and how writers can put it to use.

The Brockton Writers Series blog returns Jan. 1, with our J.M. Frey feature — have a safe and happy holiday!

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Brockton Writers Series: 08.01.14

Ring in 2014 with Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, January 8, at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto) and enjoy readings by:

Katie Boland, J.M. Frey, Michael Mirolla and Sherwin Tjia!

Plus, come early — 6:30pm — for a talk by author Cory Silverberg about crowd funding and how writers can put it to use! 

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!


Chosen by Elle Canada as one of the top three Canadians to watch, by Playback as one of 10 2 Watch and by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of their inaugural “Rising Stars” in 2011, actor and writer Katie Boland divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Acting professionally since the age of nine with over 45 roles to date, Boland’s credits include Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, Daydream Nation and Terminal City as well as four films to be released this year: Ferocious, Looking is the Original Sin, Sex After Kids and Gerotrophilia. Boland’s literary debut, a collection of short stories entitled Eat Your Heart Out, was released by Canadian publisher Brindle & Glass on April 2, 2013. She is currently filming a recurring role on CW’s hit show, Reign.

J.M. Frey is an actor, author, fanthropologist and pop culture scholar. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, webseries, and on television. Her debut novel Triptych (Dragon Moon Press) was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2011, and nominated for a handful of awards, including two Lambda Literary Awards and a CBC Bookie.

Calling himself a Montreal-Toronto corridor writer, Michael Mirolla’s publications include the novels Berlin (Bressani Prize winner) and The Giulio Metaphysics III; two short fiction collections; and the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue. His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology. He is the co-owner of Guernica Editions.

Sherwin Sullivan Tjia is a Montreal-based writer and illustrator who has written eight books, the newest of which launches in Toronto on December 8. His previous books include The World is a Heartbreaker,  a collection of 1600 pseudohaikus and finalist for the Quebec Writer’s Federation’s A.M. Klein Poetry Award, and The Hipless Boy, a collection of short, interconnected stories told in graphic novel form that was a finalist for the Doug Wright Award in the Best Emerging Talent category and also nominated for 4 Ignatz Awards. His invention, The E-Z-Purr: The Virtual Cat! (an album with over an hour of cats purring) is available on the iTunes music store.

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