Pivot is glad it won’t be April anymore. It’ll be May, the month in which Toronto resets its attempt at spring, the new books stack up on all our bedside tables, and the students & teachers among us get to exhale a bit. We have quite the show to get it started. Margaret Christakos will bring works in progress, and there are three new books to showcase: Adam Dickinson talkin’ plastics, John Goldbach talkin’ crime, and Phil Hall talkin’ through his ten-foot-high pile of poetry awards. Come have a pint on the patio and listen to the breeze.
Margaret Christakos has been a worker in the field of letters. Her ninth poetry collection, called Multitudes, will be published in fall 2013 by Coach House Books.
Adam Dickinson is a writer, researcher and teacher. His poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally as well as in anthologies such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. His collection Kingdom, Phylum was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He is the author most recently of The Polymers (Anansi 2013). He is also working on another poetry project that involves testing his blood and body for chemicals and microbes. When not giving his body to science, he teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
John Goldbach is the author of Selected Blackouts, a collection of stories. He lives in Montreal. Goldbach’s new novel, The Devil and the Detective, is noir about the biggest mystery of all – that of consciousness. It’s an unorthodox meditation on writing, love, violence and ideology – imagine The Big Sleep via Fernando Pessoa, with a side of Buster Keaton.
Phil Hall was the 2011 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer. In 2012, Killdeer also won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, an Alcuin Design Award, and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Previously, Trouble Sleeping (2001) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and An Oak Hunch (2005) was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Hall has recently been writer-in-residence at Queens University & the University of Windsor. In fall 2013 he will be an instructor at the Banff Cenre for the Arts, in the Wired Writing Program. Currently, he offers a manuscript mentoring service for the Toronto New School of Writing. His new book is called The Small Nouns Crying Faith and is now available from BookThug. He lives near Perth, Ontario.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Margaret Christakos, Adam Dickinson, John Goldbach, and Phil Hall
Wednesday, May 8th
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney