Monthly Archives: October 2010

November 3: Lisa Foad, Dorothy Ellen Palmer and A.J. Somerset

Who wants Pivot? I do I do! The hits just keep on coming, this time with Relit winner Lisa Foad and debut novelists Dorothy Ellen Palmer and A.J. Somerset.

Lisa Foad’s debut story collection, The Night Is A Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009) won the Relit Award. 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.

Dorothy Ellen Palmer was likely conceived during Hurricane Hazel and adopted at age three. She grew up in and near Toronto and spent summers in Ontario’s cottage country, just north of Fenelon Falls. In her twenty-three years as a drama/English teacher, Dorothy taught in a Mennonite colony, a four-room schoolhouse in rural Alberta and an adult learning centre attached to a prison. She coaches for the Canadian Improv Games. When Fenelon Falls (Coach House, 2010) is her first novel.

A. J. Somerset has been a soldier, a technical writer, a programmer, and a freelance photographer. His non-fiction has appeared in numerous outdoor magazines in Canada and the United States, and his articles have been translated into French and Japanese. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and children. Combat Camera (Biblioasis 2010), his first novel, is the winner of the 2009-2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Lisa Foad, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, and A.J. Somerset
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
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October 20: Michael Boughn, Domenico Capilongo and Chris D’Iorio

The leaves are changing, the fall books are falling, and Pivot rolls along. Join us October 20th at the Press Club for readings by Michael Boughn, Domenico Capilongo and Chris D’Iorio.

Michael Boughn has taught literature courses at the University of Toronto for 17 years. His own writing includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and essays. His most recent book, 22 Skidoo / SubTractions was published by BookThug in 2009 and was the first winner of the no nonsense Friggin Prize. Cosmographia, a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic is forthcoming from BookThug in the fall. His now nameless but soon to be retitled detective novel (the book formerly known as Business As Usual) will be published by NeWest in 2011.

Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto, with his family. He teaches high school creative writing, alternative education and practices karate. He has had work published in several literary magazines including Descant, Geist and Dreamcatcher. He won an Honourable Mention in the Toronto Star 2004 Poetry Contest, was short-listed for the Lichen Magazine 2006 “Tracking a Serial Poet” contest, short-listed for the gritLIT Poetry Contest 2009. His first book of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian was published in the spring of 2008 with Wolsak and Wynn. His new book of jazz-inspired poetry, hold the note, is published this fall with Quattro Books.

Chris D’Iorio lives and writes in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto, graduating with degrees in Literary Studies & Semiotics and Law. His poetry and short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals — most recently in Calgary’s filling Station — and he is a past winner of the Hart House Literary Contest. His first book will be coming out with Quattro Press in the fall of 2011.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Michael Boughn, Domenico Capilongo and Chris D’Iorio
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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