Things are getting serious. The days are longer, the air is warmer, and there are book launches every day. It’s late March in Toronto, and we have a quartet of authors ranging from cosmopolitans to localists, from rookies to veterans. I’m holding out some sickly little hope that it’ll be nice enough out to have a beverage on the patio. Am I dreaming, or is it the week before baseball season?
KEN BABSTOCK was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Ottawa Valley. He is the author of four collections, the most recent of which are Airstream Land Yacht, which won the Trillium Book Award, and Methodist Hatchet, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize.
ANDREW J. BORKOWSKI’s critically acclaimed debut short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, published by Cormorant Books, won the 2012 Toronto Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. His work has been published in Grain, The New Quarterly, Dragnet, and in Storyteller magazine. His short story “Twelve Versions of Lech” was a finalist for the 2007 Writer’s Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Andrew’s arts, travel, and human interest journalism has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, TV Guide, and the Los Angeles Times. As an editor and proofreader, he has contributed to nonfiction titles for McGraw-Hill Ryerson, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Pearson Publishing, and D&M Publishers.
JESSICA MOORE is a writer and translator. Her translation of Turkana Boy by Jean-Francois Beauchemin won a 2008 PEN America Translation Award. She also writes songs – her debut solo album will be released in spring 2013. Everything, now (Brick Books) is her first poetry collection.
STAN ROGAL‘s work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe. He’s also the author of 17 books: 4 novels, 3 story and 10 poetry collections. His latest book of poems (almost printed) is titled, “Love’s Not The Way To” — and he hopes the ink is dry for this reading — a collection of urban haiku dedicated to the life and works of Richard Brautigan. Stan is also a playwright and hopes to have a piece accepted in this year’s SummerWorks program.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Ken Babstock, Andrew J. Borkowski, Jessica Moore, & Stan Rogal
Wednesday, March 27th
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney