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Pivot’s Year Opener on January 28th: Guy Gavriel Kay, Mia Grace Kim, & Michael Prior

Pivot’s year openers have a long history of large crowds and large times. We think we have put together an interesting bill this time and one that will continue those traditions. Up and coming playwright, personal essayist, and author Mia Grace Kim is joined by twenty-something wunderkind poet Michael Prior. And then we add in a bestseller, as Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the country’s most successful novelists and a recent addition to the Order of Canada.

Cast List:

GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the author of twelve novels (most recently River of Stars), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his fiction exceed twenty-five languages and his books have appeared on bestseller lists in many countries. Kay has spoken and read on behalf of his publishers and at literary events around the world. He was been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

MIA GRACE KIM is a playwright, author, and essayist. Her work has been staged during fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company Potluck Festival.

MICHAEL PRIOR’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in publications such as Canadian Literature, The Collagist (USA), Cv2, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Grain, The Malahat Review,  and Tin House (USA) (online) Michael was the recipient of The Walrus‘ 2014 Poetry Prize, Grain Magazine‘s 2014 Short Grain Prize, Vallum Magazine‘s 2013 Poetry Prize , and Magma Poetry‘s 2013 Editors’ Prize.  Michael’s first chapbook, Swan Dive, came out from Frog Hollow Press in late 2014. His first full-length collection will be published by Véhicule Press’ Signal Editions in 2016.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Guy Gavriel Kay, Mia Grace Kim, and Michael Prior
Wednesday, January 28th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 12th: Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young

We are in the midst of fall book season and have four authors here with new work to share. Locals Paul Vermeersch and Elyse Friedman come joined by Ottawa’s Deanna Young and St. John’s’ Megan Cole. Let us gather as we do in a biweekly manner.

Cast List

Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador titled The Driftwood Trilogy: Falling Trees, Building Houses andWasting Paper. She is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre (NL Rep) and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Our Eliza (Playwrights’ Canada Press & Breakwater Books), The Battery andBound. Megan is originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. She currently resides in St. John’s where she works at Breakwater Books Ltd. Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome is Megan’s first book of fiction.

Elyse Friedman is the Toronto-based author of three previous books of fiction: Long Story Short, Waking Beauty and Then Again. Her fiction has won a Gold National Magazine Award, has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology and Darwin’s Bastards (Zsuzsi Gartner, editor). A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, she has had two feature films produced and has two films in active development: The Relationship Experiment and A Bright Tragic Thing. Her newest is The Answer to Everything (HarperCollins).

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Deanna Young is the author of three books of poetry, House Dreams, published by Brick Books in 2014,  Drunkard’s Path, and The Still Before a Storm. Young’s poetry has won 1st prize in the Atlantic Writing Competition (1996) and the Grand Prize in the Prism international Poetry Contest (2013). Two selections of poems from House Dreams were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Contest in 2012, while another poem from the book was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards in 2014. Originally from southwestern Ontario, she lives in Ottawa.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young
Wednesday, November 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 26th: Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter

These winter Pivots are fun. Because of the seasonality of book publishing, nobody has a “hot off the press” title to nervously present to the crowd yet. People are relaxed. We have the shared benefits of one another’s body heat as a refuge from the cold. Romance. Four readers.

Cast List:

Sam Cheuk holds an MFA from New York University. He divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Hong Kong. His first collection of poetry was Love Figures (Insomniac, 2011).

Among Aaron Giovannone’s publications are the poetry chapbook Castelliri (No Press, 2007) and the full-length collection The Loneliness Machine (Insomniac, 2013). He is currently translating into English the poetry of twentieth-century Italian writer Sandro Penna. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Aaron has worked at the Università di Siena and lived in Castelliri, Italy. He now lives in Calgary where he is completing a Ph.D.

Alexandra Leggat’s previous books include the Trillium-nominated short story collection Animal (Anvil, 2008) and the poetry collection This is me since yesterday (Coach House, 2000). Her debut novel The Incomparables is coming out soon.

Darryl Whetter is the author of a Globe 100 short story collection (A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, Goose Lane 2003), a novel about bicycling (The Push & The Pull, Goose Lane 2010) and a collection of poetry (Origins, Palimpsest Press 2012). He has also published over 100 book reviews and stood as the Green Party candidate for the federal riding of Halifax in 2008. His new novel is Keeping Things Whole (Vagrant, 2013).

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter
Wednesday, February 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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