Monthly Archives: April 2010

May 5: Marianne Apostolides, Dani Couture and Paul Vermeersch

Join us May 5 for a novelist and two poets all boasting brand new books. Must be spring…

Marianne Apostolides’ latest novel, The Lucky Child (Mansfield Press, 2010), follows the life of a boy, Taki Apostolides, as he grows up in wartorn Greece.  Through its controlled confusion of fiction and non-fiction, this book asks deeper questions about identity, history, memory, and the search for ‘truth.’  Apostolides’ earlier novel, Swim, explores the eroticism of language and story; her first book, Inner Hunger: A Young Woman’s Struggle Through Anorexia and Bulimia, was published by W.W. Norton and translated into Spanish and Swedish.

Dani Couture grew up on a series of Canadian military bases. She is the author two books of poetry, Good Meat (2006) and Sweet (2010). Her poetry, short stories, and essays have been widely published in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. In 2007 she won the fiction category in This Magazine‘s annual Great Canadian Literary Contest, and has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2008.

Paul Vermeersch is the author of four collections of poetry and the editor of The I.V. Lounge Reader and The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology. His writing has appeared frequently in the Globe and Mail and been featured on CBC Radio. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in Canada, the United States and Europe. He lives in Toronto, teaches at Sheridan College and is the poetry editor for Insomniac Press. His new book, The Reinvention of the Human Hand, has just been published by McClelland & Stewart.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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April 21: Gary Barwin, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, rick patrick and aaron tucker

Pivot has oversold and is passing the savings on to you, dear friends! Yes, that’s right, on April 21 we’re bringing you FOUR readers for the price of three! All seats must be filled! One night only! Don’t miss out!

Gary Barwin is active as a writer, composer, and performer. His music and writing have been published and presented in Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Europe. He has published numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, visuals and fiction, including Doctor Weep and other Strange Teeth, and, with derek beaulieu, frogments from the frag pool. Forthcoming book include his third poetry collection with Coach House, The Porcupinity of the Stars and The Obvious Flap, written with Gregory Betts (BookThug) and, Franzlations (New Star) with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley.. His chapbook, Inverting the Deer (serif of nottingham) was a co-winner of the 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award. He edits the Supernova Tadpole series for Paper Kite Press in Pennsylvania. His writing and visual texts have appeared in numerous anthologies, and magazines. His work has been commissioned and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo. He graduated from York University with a BFA in Music and a BA in Creative Writing. He was the recipient of the 1998 Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the KM Hunter Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. Seeing Stars, a YA novel, was a finalist for both CLA YA book of the year, and an Arthur Ellis Award. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario with vague and often unattainable ambitions for language. He can be found at serifofnottingham.blogspot.com

kevin mcpherson eckhoff is not from around here. He lives in another part of the country. Toronto is a nice place to visit, though. He knows three people here, but his visual poetry only knows two people here. But now he has a book. This book is called rhapsodomancy and will win him the wrong kinds of friends. He has friends where he lives, in BC, and in Calgary, where he took some classes with people. His best friend is named Laurel. His other best friend is named Jake.

R.D.Patrick is an ex-Toronto writer and former teacher now living near Madoc, Ontario, on a 44-acre property called Stonehaven. Most of the poems in the present collection were written there.  Rick was born and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie before coming south to attend the University of Western Ontario. After that he was a teacher in
Toronto for 30 years before retiring in 2000. He is an alumnus of the IV Lounge Reading Series. The Stonehaven Poems (Your Scrivener Press, Sudbury) is his second published collection. His first collection, entitled Histories, was published by BuschekBooks of Ottawa in 2005.

Aaron Tucker’s work has appeared in magazines across Canada most recently including Rampike, Dandelion and Descant. His first two chapbooks, both titled apartments, were released earlier this year by The Emergency Response Unit and undergroundpress.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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