Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pivot on October 3rd: de Mariaffi, Maksimowska, Morissette, & Warner

Pivot becomes October with another quartet of authors, nicely split between poets and prosets. We have an ex-host, two Come-From-Aways, a francophone, a Giant, two ladies, two gents, three debuts, an internetperson, and an Irishman. Not bad for a quartet. See you then, boys and girls.

Cast List:

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s fiction has been published in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, This Magazine, and The Puritan, and is taught as part of the short story curriculum at the University of Waterloo. She is a former host of the Pivot at the Press Club reading series, and will return with her debut collection of short stories in hand, How to Get Along with Women .

Aga Maksimowska teaches English and Creative Writing at a Toronto boys’ school. She studied Creative Writing at Guelph and journalism at Ryerson. Her work has appeared online and in print in Canada and Australia. Aga’s debut novel, Giant, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl in an adult’s body whose coming of age in a country undergoing a revolution is interrupted by a sudden and cruel move to Canada. In August, Giant was a CBC Giller Readers’ Choice Top Ten book.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of I AM MY OWN BETRAYAL, a collection of stories & poems published by Maison Kasini earlier this year. Topics explored include anxiety, email relationships, owl people, awkwardness, videogames, Facebook, shortcomings, groundhogs and terrible personal decisions. His writing has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, carte-blanche, Metazen, HTMLGiant and many other publications.

Patrick Warner was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo in 1963. He immigrated to Canada in 1980 and since then has lived mostly in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has published four collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding (Killick Press, 2001). There, there (Signal Editions, 2005), Mole (House of Anansi Press, 2009), and Perfection (Goose Lane/Ice House, 2012). He is twice winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize. In 2011 he published a novel, Double Talk (Breakwater Books). He is the Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian for Memorial University Libraries.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Aga Maksimowska, Guillaume Morissette, and Patrick Warner
Wednesday, October 3rd
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on September 19th: den Hartog, Jones, Onstad, & Vermeersch

Here comes Pivot for another season. We’re kicking this off with a nice balance of old names and new, poetry and fiction, locals and visitors. Come for 8 PM. Readings start at 8:30. There are the usual drinks and merriment both before and after the show. A hat will be passed. Reports will be filed on summer vacations. And two days thereafter, autumn will begin.

Kristen den Hartog is the author of the novels Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, and Origin of Haloes, and of The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland, written with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski. Her latest novel, And Me Among Them, explores the life of a young girl who grows to giant proportions, and the impact her unusual condition has on the family as a whole. Published in the US as The Girl Giant, it was shortlisted for the Trillium Award and won the Alberta Book Publishing Award for Trade Fiction. Kristen lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter, and writes a mother-daughter reading journal at http://www.blogofgreengables.wordpress.com/.

Evan Jones was born in Weston, Ontario, and has lived in Manchester, UK, since 2005. He has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester and has taught at York University in Toronto, and in Britain at the University of Bolton and Liverpool John Moores University. His first collection, Nothing Fell Today But Rain (2003), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. With Todd Swift, he is co-editor of the anthology Modern Canadian Poets (Carcanet, 2010). Paralogues (Carcanet, 2012), his second collection, is out now.

Katrina Onstad (@katrinaonstad) is the author of the novels How Happy to Be and Everybody Has Everything. She is a culture columnist in the Globe and Mail and her award-winning journalism has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Toronto Life, Elle and The Guardian. She lives two blocks from The Press Club.

Paul Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph, for which he was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Of his four collections of poetry, the most recent, The Reinvention of the Human Hand (McClelland & Stewart, 2010), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He lives in Toronto, teaches at Sheridan College, and is the senior editor of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd

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Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Kristen den Hartog, Evan Jones, Katrina Onstad, and Paul Vermeersch
Wednesday, September 19th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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