Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 30: Barry Dempster, Steve McOrmond, and Tanis Rideout

Well, we’re wonderfully worked up to welcome two Wolask and Wynn writers to the Press Club Stage along with a fantastic fictioneer! Whet your whistle and woop the words of poets Barry Dempster and Steve McOrmond, and Tanis Rideout (whose debut novel drops next spring with M&S) on November 30.

Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of sixteen books. His collection The Burning Alphabet won the Canadian Authors’ Association Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts. He is also Acquisitions Editor for Brick Books and teaches writing workshops from Banff, Alberta to Santiago, Chile. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches and Blue Wherever. His new collection, Dying a Little, was published by Wolsak & Wynn in September.

Steve McOrmond has published three books of poetry. His most recent collection, The Good News about Armageddon (Brick Books, 2010), was short-listed for the 2011 ReLit Award. His previous collection, Primer on the Hereafter (Wolsak and Wynn, 2006), was awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize. He lives in Toronto and can be found online at http://www.stevemcormond.com.

Tanis Rideout is a poet and novelist – she has been commissioned by and toured with Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie in support of environmental causes on the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. In 2005, she was named Poet Laureate of Lake Ontario by the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. An excerpt of her poems Arguments with the Lake placed second in the 2010 CBC Literary Awards. Her first novel – Above All Things – will be released in March with McClelland and Stewart.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Feauturing Barry Dempster, Steve McOrmond, and Tanis Rideout
Wednesday, November 30
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Sachiko Murakami
PYWC

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November 16: Cris Costa, Hal Niedzviecki, and Robin Richardson

Fling open those doors! Wave those arms in salutation! On November 16 at Pivot we welcome back Cris Costa to Toronto after her sojourn in Vancouver. We also welcome Robin Richardson, who had left us for a brief time for New York, and Hal Niedzviecki, who is welcome at the Press Club any time. And so are you – we hope to see you there.

Cris Costa recently returned to Toronto, after living in Vancouver as a writer, scholar, and arts and cultural worker. She recently completed a poetry chapbook, liv-id-in-wake, with Heavy Industries, and writes fiction. She likes coffee and wine, but not together.

Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of eight books including the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights, 2009). The Peep Diaries was made into a television documentary entitled Peep Culture produced for the CBC. He is the current fiction editor and the founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts. Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, the Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine. Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that charts the media saturated terrain of ever shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age. For excerpts, reviews, samples of past articles and more, visit Hal’s website: www.smellit.ca.

Robin Richardson recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in many Canadian and American journals, including CV2, Dandelion, Berkeley Poetry Review and The Westchester Review. Her first poetry collection, Grunt of the Minotaur, was published by Insomniac Press this year.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Cris Costa, Hal Niedzviecki, and Robin Richardson
Wednesday, November 16
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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