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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

TONIGHT,

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: Sherwin Tjia

just cover of z catbook

Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based writer and illustrator who has written eight books, including 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 storeHe drops by the blog this week to talk about… cats!

So, I am pretty cat-crazy. Two years ago I wrote a Choose Your Own Adventure-style book from the POV of a cat called You Are a Cat! It was a blast to write and illustrate and now, its sequel, You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse! launches in Toronto on Sunday.

To celebrate, I decided to make some Rorschach ink blots. Or, in this case, RorschCAT ink blots, to suss out my subconscious mind and to see what I see.

RorschCAT Blot 01

1. I see a warm and smiley cat, on the delightfully chubby side. Fluffy as fuck, but still likes to roll around in front of the fireplace.

RorschCAT Blot 02

2. I see a sly cat. One that’s a little mischevous, and likes to bat at your feet when they are under the covers and you are trying to go to sleep.

RorschCAT Blot 03

3. I see a refined cat, one that is at home around people and loves large parties. Who isn’t afraid of all the action, and the late nights. Who likes to come out and rub themselves against every stockinged leg, leaving its hair everywhere.

RorschCAT Blot 04

4. I see a rambunctious cat, who’ll happily play with puddles of water in the tub, who’ll leap off the backs of chairs and fall stupidly, shaking themselves sober, and try again.

RorschCAT Blot 05

5. I see a robot cat. The future of felines.

RorschCAT Blot 06

6. I see a sleeping cat who likes to blend in, hiding deep in the depths of a comforter, living in its creases, only sometimes poking its nose out for air. A cat who has mastered moving as little as possible when resting and moving as much as it can when awake.


You can get my first Cat book here, and my second cat book here.

just back cover of z catbook

Sherwin Tjia 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 Katie Boland, J.M. Frey and Michael Mirolla. Come early (6:30) for a talk by author Cory Silverberg about crowd-funding and how writers can put it to use.

Watch this space for more with each of our readers in the month leading up to the event!

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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.

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As always, watch this space for more with each of our writers in the month to come!

AUTHOR BIOS:

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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