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.
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
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney