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

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


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