Monthly Archives: May 2009

June 3: Marianne Apostolides, Su Croll, rob mclennan and Steven Mayoff

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Marianne Apostolides is a writer and critic whose novel, Swim, explores the eroticism of language, food and family. Toronto’s Globe and Mail says the book is “handled with assured grace and dynamic lucidity, and gives much trust to the reader’s ability to move… through the nuance and harm of words.” Apostolides’ first book was published by W.W. Norton and translated into Spanish and Swedish. She lives in Toronto with her two children.

Su Croll’s first book, Worlda Mirth, was the winner of the Kalamalka New Writers competition, and was short-listed for a Gerald Lampert Award. Her latest book, Blood Mother, has just been short-listed for a Stephan G. Stephansson Award (the Alberta Poetry Prize) as well as the Canadian Author’s Association Poetry Award. She lives in Edmonton and is currently working on a novel.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of over a dozen trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections a compact of words (Salmon Publishing, 2009) and Gifts (Talonbooks, 2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), Poetics.ca (with Stephen Brockwell, poetics.ca) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.

Steven Mayoff is originally from Montreal, has lived in Toronto for 17 years and currently makes his home in the bucolic splendor of Prince Edward Island.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in journals across Canada, such as the Dalhousie Review, CV2, the Windsor Review, Grain, Filling Station and the Malahat Review, as well as magazines in the U.S., Paris, Ireland and Algeria.  His first fiction collection, Fatted Calf Blues, was published this year by Turnstone Press.  His website is http://www.stevenmayoff.ca

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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May 20: Kevin Connolly, Lisa Foad and Nyla Matuk

Please join us for three fantastic readers to round off the month of May:

Kevin Connolly is a Toronto poet, editor, and arts journalist. Connolly’s first collection of poems, Asphalt Cigar (Coach House, 1995), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. His third collection drift (Anansi, 2005), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and his most recent book, Revolver (Anansi, 2008) is a finalist for this year’s Griffin Prize. He lives with his partner, novelist Gil Adamson, in Toronto’s east end.

Lisa Foad’s debut story collection, The Night Is A Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009), has been praised by the Globe and Mail as “a brand-new thing” – Foad writes “with courage and surprising panache.” And EYE Weekly, in its five-star review, declares, “her DeLillo-sized sentences create a linguistic tension that could cause the pages to flip autonomously.” Her creative work has appeared in Matrix, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, and Red Light: Superheroes, Sluts and Saints, and she contributes cultural commentary to a variety of publications, including the Globe And Mail, NOW Magazine and Xtra. Lisa Foad lives in Toronto and is at work on her first novel.

Nyla Matuk’s first book of poems, Oneiric, was published in February by Frog Hollow Press. Poems appear at the Greenboathouse Books archive of poets and in The Shore magazine, and her short fiction has been published in Event, Room of One’s Own and Alphabet City. Essays and journalism have appeared in Descant, Alphabet City, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and numerous other magazines.

Note: Jordan Scott, previously listed, has had to cancel. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
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