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Pivot on March 7- Morgan, Păpucaru, Trites


* This reading series is taking reading week off! There will be no Pivot tonight (Feb 21) so make sure to join us in March for this knockout show. 

We have three authors coming from near + far to kick off the spring season – and it’s gonna be bright, folks. 💐

CARA-LYN MORGAN was born in the thick of winter on the Saskatchewan prairie. A seventh generation Metis on her mother’s side, and a first generation Canadian on her Trinidadian-born father’s side, her work often explores the parallels of colonialism existing between these distinct cultures. She graduated from the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing Program, and currently lives in the Toronto area. What Became My Grieving Ceremony is her first book-length collection and was released by Thistledown Press in 2014. Her second collection, Cartograph, explores healing through a variety of physical and emotional landscapes.

Rebecca Păpucaru’s first poetry collection The Panic Room was a finalist for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (Quebec Writers Federation). Poems have appeared in ARC, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, The Literary Review of Canada, and EVENT, among others, as well as Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Books, 2017), I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014), and The Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (Véhicule Press, 2017). Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Maisonneuve, AFAR, carte blanche and Tupelo Quarterly. Winner of the 2016 3Macs carte blanche Prize, she lives in Montreal, where she is the associate editor of the Montreal Review of Books.

Come find us at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club (first door to your left). 
Doors at 8, first reader on around 8:30.
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue
Hosted by Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin


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Pivot on Feb 7 – Kirby, Mah, Shelstad


Come celebrate what’s good in CanLIt with these three warm, wildly talented readers and their colour-coordinated books! 🌸🔵

Note: There will be no Pivot Wednesday, Jan 31st.

Jeff Kirby’s newest is She’s Having a Doris Day (Knife From Book, 2017). Earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. Their work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at The Rusty Toque, Matrix Magazine and bandcamp/jeffkirby. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.
Melanie Mah is a writer in Toronto who was born and raised in Alberta. Her debut novel, The Sweetest One, won the 2017 Trillium Book Award, and her work has been published in Prism International and Ricepaper. She is currently at work on an intergenerational memoir.
Sam Shelstad is a writer from London, Ontario. His stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Prism International, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. He was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. Of his debut collection Cop House (Nightwood Editions, 2017), Quill and Quire said, “reads like something out of George Saunders. It is precisely this blend of humour and pathos that give Shelstad’s stories their disarming power.” Sam lives in Toronto.

Hosted by Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin
Doors at 8!
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue.

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