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BWS 05.03.14: John Degen

John Degen is executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) and has published three books. His debut novel, The Uninvited Guest (Nightwood Editions), was shortlisted for the 2006 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and has been translated into Croatian. He has also published two acclaimed collections of poetry.

Ahead of his March 5 visit, check out his latest:

John also writes a popular blog on writing and publishing with a particular focus on copyright, and hosts an occasional audio podcast, The Book Room, archived here. BWS especially recommends the April 26, 2012 episode.

John Degen visits the Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – full of beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto (7pm, PWYC) – along with Angie Abdou, Michael Fraser and Veena Gokhale. Come early, too (6:30) for Veena’s talk, “Writers as Publicists: Saying Yes to Selling Your Book!”.

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


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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).

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