Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pivot on March 12th: Robyn Doolittle, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Evan Munday, & Robert Priest

We enter March and the beautiful middle of our Spring season. New books are blooming and the old ones are just coming ripe. That was an awful sentence. Four readers: Kathryn Kuitenbrower’s new novel is being much discussed among the learned, Robert Priest is the platonic ideal of a “working artist”, and the recently-retired book publicist Evan Munday is one of Pivot’s very favourite people. Plus maybe the biggest book in the country right now. No big deal. Business as usual.

Cast List:

Robyn Doolittle is an urban affairs reporter with the Toronto Star. She began her career covering crime and moved to the municipal politics beat during the 2010 mayoral elections. A graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism school, Doolittle has lived in Toronto since 2002. She is the author of Crazy Town, a book about the mayor.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, and the short story collection Way Up. Kathryn’s short fiction has been published in Granta Magazine, The Walrus, Numéro Cinq, Joyland, Filter Literary Journal, Significant Objects, and Storyville. She is the recipient of The Sidney Prize. Kathryn is an award-winning instructor with The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Her newest book is the novel All the Broken Things.

Evan Munday is the illustrator of the novel Stripmalling by Jon Paul Fiorentino (ECW Press) and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains by Natalie Zina Walschots (Insomniac Press). Evan is also the cartoonist behind the self-published comic book, Quarter-Life Crisis, set in a post-apocalyptic Toronto, and the author of a Silver Birch-nominated  series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency.

Robert Priest is a poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist residing in Toronto. He emigrated from England to Canada at an early age and studied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He has written fifteen books of poetry, the newest of which is  Previously Feared Darkness from ECW. He has published and recorded numerous works for children, including The Ruby Hat, A Terrible Case of the Stars, and Rosa Rose.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Robyn Doolittle, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Evan Munday, & Robert Priest
Wednesday, March 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 26th: Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter

These winter Pivots are fun. Because of the seasonality of book publishing, nobody has a “hot off the press” title to nervously present to the crowd yet. People are relaxed. We have the shared benefits of one another’s body heat as a refuge from the cold. Romance. Four readers.

Cast List:

Sam Cheuk holds an MFA from New York University. He divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Hong Kong. His first collection of poetry was Love Figures (Insomniac, 2011).

Among Aaron Giovannone’s publications are the poetry chapbook Castelliri (No Press, 2007) and the full-length collection The Loneliness Machine (Insomniac, 2013). He is currently translating into English the poetry of twentieth-century Italian writer Sandro Penna. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Aaron has worked at the Università di Siena and lived in Castelliri, Italy. He now lives in Calgary where he is completing a Ph.D.

Alexandra Leggat’s previous books include the Trillium-nominated short story collection Animal (Anvil, 2008) and the poetry collection This is me since yesterday (Coach House, 2000). Her debut novel The Incomparables is coming out soon.

Darryl Whetter is the author of a Globe 100 short story collection (A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, Goose Lane 2003), a novel about bicycling (The Push & The Pull, Goose Lane 2010) and a collection of poetry (Origins, Palimpsest Press 2012). He has also published over 100 book reviews and stood as the Green Party candidate for the federal riding of Halifax in 2008. His new novel is Keeping Things Whole (Vagrant, 2013).

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter
Wednesday, February 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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