June 27: George Murray, Meaghan Strimas, Gillian Wigmore, and Julie Wilson

Pivot blasts off into summer with a quick-cut reading extravaganza: in other words, 3 hot girls and George Murray! Come out and hear two poets read poems, one poet read from her novel-in-progress, and one literary voyeur cut you in on her Peeping Julie escapades. Pivot Host Elisabeth de Mariaffi is about to blast off into a new Atlantic life on the island of Newfoundland, so come out and have a drink and say goodbye, while we’re at it.

George Murray’s six books of poetry include Whiteout (ECW, 2012), Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms (ECW, 2010), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007),The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He has won or been shortlisted for several awards, and he has been on the part time faculty at University of Toronto, New School University, and Humber College. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From 2003 to 2011, he was the editor and operator of the popular literary website Bookninja.com, but he is most famously Pivot host Elisabeth’s new boyfriend. You can find him at http://georgemurray.wordpress.com/.

Meaghan Strimas  is the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen, and the author of two collections of poetry, Junkman’s Daughter and A Good Time Had By All (all Exile Editions). At work on a new poetry book, and a novel, Strimas lives, works, and writes in Toronto.

GIllian Wigmore is the author of two books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), which won the 2008 ReLit Award, and Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012). Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies and been nominated and short-listed for many awards including the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry and the Great BC Novel Prize. She lives in north-central BC and has fewer farm animals than you would assume.

Julie Wilson is The Book Madam, a self-professed “professional publishing fan” living and working in Toronto. She’s the past Online Marketing Manager for House of Anansi Press and recent Host of the CBC Book Club. She thinks reading looks good on you.
Seen Reading has been featured in/on or at The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC and as part of a guerrilla media campaign that resulted in 100 transit readers receiving a Kobo e-reader just for reading in public.
Follow Julie on Twitter: @BookMadam and @SeenReading. Post your own reader sightings using the hashtag #seenreading.
Julie’s website: www.seenreading.com

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring George Murray, Meaghan Strimas, Gillian Wigmore, and Julie Wilson
Wednesday, June 27
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi


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