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Pivot on February 12th: Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, and Peter Unwin

Welcome back Pivot. The mid-winter shows are always memorable, whether for their propensity towards full-tilt, 3-feet-of-visibility snowstorms or for their consistent supply of great readings and good people. Let’s do the latter thing for sure this time.

Three readers. We have a young poet whose new book was quietly one of the year’s best, a journalist and author with a diverse and exciting resume, and a novelist who doubles as one of the country’s most challenging essayists and public intellectuals. And beer. And jokes about the weather.

Cast List:

Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Taddle Creek, Prism, and Maisonneuve. She currently works at The Walrus, and is a regular contributor to The National Post. Her latest novel, Infidelity, was out with ECW press in fall 2013. It was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013.

Emma Healey is a writer and editor who currently lives in Toronto. Her first book,Begin with the End in Mind, was published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in 2012. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been featured in various publications includingMatrix, Joyland, Maisonneuve, Broken Pencil, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Said the Gramophone, the Void, CV2 and Lemon Hound. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Incongruous Quarterly, an online literary magazine devoted to the publication of unpublishable literature.

Peter Unwin was born in Sheffield, England and was raised in southern Ontario. He studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, and then moved to Toronto where he took on various jobs as a grain handler, beer porter, a denture courier, and a journalist. He has traveled extensively in Ontario and was once thrown out of Providence Bay by someone who claimed to be the mayor. Currently, he lives in Toronto.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, & Peter Unwin
Wednesday, February 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on January 30th: Paula Eisenstein, Jeff Latosik, and James Lindsay

Pivot is off to a confident start and is excited to keep things moving along. We have a debuting novelist with a well-earned reputation as a Toronto art and culture dynamo, a Pivot favourite returning to showcase some new poetry, and a regular of the Pivot audience who happens also to be not just a Music Guy, but an emerging poet of real talent. It’ll be the end of January. It’ll be around 8:00 or so.

Cast List:

Paula Eisenstein grew up in London Ontario. Every few summers Paula’s parents migrated the family to Gaspe Quebec for a few weeks, where her mother’s family was from, and where luckily the ocean got enough into her.  She was a champion swimmer and had curly hair. Paula still has curly hair and she still swims. She swims at the Toronto YMCA for an hour, a couple of times a week. Paula’s greatest feat was writing her first novel Flip Turn which was published this past November by Mansfield Press. Paula also had writing published in some other publications like Descant and The White Collar Book Anthology. She contributed as an editor to Influencysalon.ca. Now Paula lives in Toronto. Paula never had work published in Room Magazine but she keeps trying.

 

Jeff Latosik’s work has appeared in journals and magazines across the country. He is the winner of the 2008 P.K. Page Award, This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt (2009), and the 2011 Trillium Award for Poetry. He lives in Toronto where he teaches at Humber College. His new project “Sackbut”(an electronic synthesizer created by Ontario inventor Hugh LeCaine in the 1940s) looks at those moments of innovation in our personal and social lives where the possible reorients itself in our view and where we gain a vantage point both on the systemic pressures that work on us and the way in which those pressures, and our language, might be renewed.

 

James Lindsay is co owner of Pleasence Records. His poetry has appeared in Taddle Creek, Prairie Fire, and the Rogue Stimulus anthology (Mansfield Press). He is also a music writer and regular contributor to Weird Canada and Offerings, Toronto free music monthly.

 

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Paula Eisenstein, Jeff Latosik, & James Lindsay
Wednesday, January 30th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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July 11: Darren Bifford, Stephanie Bolster, Susan Glickman

It’s Sachiko’s last Pivot. Sniff. She’s brought la belle province to Dundas West for her goodbye (or should we say… au revoir) party. Le yay!  Montrealer Darren Bifford will read from his newly released first poetry collection, Wedding in Fire Country. Ex-Montrealer Susan Glickman reads from The Smooth Yarrow (Vehicule 2012). And Stephanie Bolster (of Pointe-Claire, but we’ll call that Montreal) reads from A Page From the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick 2011). Come on down to the Press Club for farewell hugs and fantastic readings – and to find out who will be your new host in Fall 2012…

Darren Bifford is originally from Summerland, BC. His work has been published in a variety of journals across Canada. He’s also the author of Wolf Hunter, a chapbook published by Cactus Press (2010). Wedding in Fire Country is his first collection of poetry. Darren currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Stephanie Bolster’s first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General’s and the Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998. Her other books are Two Bowls of Milk won the Archibald Lampman Award, Pavilion, and most recently A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick 2011). Raised in Burnaby, B.C., she now teaches at Concordia University and lives in Pointe-Claire, Québec.

Susan Glickman has won both the Gabrielle Roy Prize and the Raymond Klibansky Prize for her work of literary criticism The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape. Her first novel, The Violin Lover (Goose Lane, 2006) won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction. She is the author of six poetry collections with Vehicule Press, most recently The Smooth Yarrow(2012). She teaches creative writing and is a freelance editor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Darren Bifford, Stephanie Bolster, and Susan Glickman
Wednesday, July 11
The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West)
8 PM
PYWC

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