Monthly Archives: January 2010

February 10: Martha Baillie, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Damian Rogers

Pivot LOVES February, and February loves Pivot. There’s plenty more to love in this lineup:

Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report, published by Pedlar Press, was longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize, selected by the Globe and Mail for its Best Books of 2009,  and longlisted by the National Post for Canada Also Reads. Her previous novel The Shape I Gave You was named a bestseller by Maclean’s magazine and included in the Toronto Public Library’s Good Reads: Best of 2006-2008. Martha has been published in Germany and Hungary, her non- fiction has appeared in Brick: a literary journal, and her poetry in journals across the country. Martha was born in Toronto.

Jacob McArthur Mooney is here with a new chapbook called Vox Populism, put out by The Emergency Response Unit. He lives in Parkdale and is hard at work on his second full-length collection, which will be out in 2011 from McClelland and Stewart, Ltd and will probably be called Folk. He maintains a blog with the same name as his chapbook. He is surprised that it’s taken him this long to read at Pivot, and feels apologetic towards Carey for his past scheduling failures. [Aw, shucks Jake. You’ve made it up to me with some great press, though. So you’re forgiven. -Ed.]

Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. In addition to performing the roles of assistant editor at Poetry Magazine in Chicago, copy chief at CosmoGIRL! in New York, and arts editor at Eye Weekly in Toronto, she has sung back-up as a member of a cheerleader chorus and has delivered a line in a John Cusack movie. Though her music and film careers seem to have stalled out, her poems have appeared in Brick, The Walrus, MoonLit, Maisonneuve, Salt Hill, This Magazine, and Matrix. Her first book, Paper Radio, was published by ECW Press in the fall of 2009.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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Jan 27: Chris Eaton, Lynn McClory and Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Pivot is loving this new decade, so far at least. Come on down Jan. 27 for an earful from Chris Eaton, Lynn McClory and Lindsay Zier-Vogel.

Chris Eaton is the author of two previous novels, The Grammar Architect (2005) and The Inactivist (2003), both published by Insomniac Press, and performs music with the band Rock Plaza Central. His fiction and music have both been studied on several university courses in Canada and the U.S., and he is currently working on a third novel about people like himself, called Chris Eaton: a Biography.

Lynn McClory has been immersed in poetry since passing along her university publishers’ sales agency in 2007. She has performed her poems at Art Walk and the Lexiconjury Reading series. Her poems have appeared in B after C Magazine, Garden Variety, an anthology from Quarry Press, Psychic Rotunda, Industrial Sabotage and Blissfultimes.ca.

Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based writer and arts educator. She is a graduate of U of T’s Creative Writing Masters program where she was mentored by poet and novelist Anne Michaels, and has recently completed her first novel. She is the founding editor of Puddle Press, an independent book-arts press.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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January 13: Michael Bryson, Faye Guenther and Bill Kennedy

Welcome the new year with a new set of three marvelous readers:

Michael Bryson is the author of three short story collections, the most recent of which is The Lizard and Other Stories (Chaudiere, 2009). From 1999-2009, he was the publisher and editor of the online literary magazine, the Danforth Review. His stories have appeared in Best Canadian Stories, the Fiddlehead, the Antigonish Review, and many other journals. He blogs at http://thenewcanlit.blogspot.com

Faye Guenther has written for Broken Pencil and the Danforth Review, and works as Joyland.ca’s editorial assistant. She has performed her poetry at reading series in Toronto and Montreal.  Her short story “Bicycle Dreams” was published in Dandelion Magazine in 2009.

Bill Kennedy is the co-author of apostrophe with Darren Wershler-Henry (ECW, 2006). He has been the artistic director of the Scream Literary Festival since 2002, as well as a poetry editor for Coach House Books and a co-organizer of the Lexiconjury Reading Series.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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