November 6 reading

It’s November: join us at Glad Day Bookshop on the 6th for readings by four fabulous authors.

Just a reminder that we start at 6:45pm and readings begin at 7:00pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Here are the reader bios:

Stevie HowellStevie Howell is a writer and editor. Stevie’s poetry has appeared in BOAATPrairie SchoonerGigantic Sequins, The Cossack Review, and Prelude. A second collection of poetry, I left nothing inside on purpose, was released this spring by Penguin Random House Canada. She is currently writing a thriller.

 

 

 


M. NourbeSe PhilipNourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and former lawyer who lives in Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best-known works are: She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, and Zong!, a genrebreaking poem that engages with ideas of the law, history, and memory relating to the transatlantic slave trade.

 


Pratap ReddyPratap Reddy moved to Canada from India in 2002. He is an underwriter by day and a writer by night. He writes about the agonies and angst (on occasion the ecstasies) of immigrants. His collection Weather Permitting & Other Stories was published in 2016. His first novel Ramya’s Treasure was published in September 2018 by Guernica. He has attended a creative writing program from the Humber School of Writers. He has a received the “Best Emerging Literary Artist” award from the Mississauga Arts Council. He was selected for the longform mentorship program of Diaspora Dialogues.

 


Karen SmytheBorn in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto,  Karen Smythe currently lives in Guelph, Ontario. In addition to This Side of Sad, named a Best Book of 2017 by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, she is the author of a story collection, Stubborn Bones, and the ground-breaking study Figuring Grief: Gallant, Munro, and the Poetics of Elegy. Karen holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and her MA and PhD degrees are from the University of Toronto. She has been a professor of Canadian Literature, a university registrar, and a senior policy analyst, and she now writes full time in her backyard shed. You can find Karen on Facebook and Twitter (@karensmythe2 and on her website  www.karensmythe.weebly.com

 

 

 

 

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October 2 lineup

Welcome to October, friends of Rowers! Join us at Glad Day Bookshop on October 2nd for readings by four fabulous authors.

Just a reminder that we start at 6:45pm and readings begin at 7:00pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Here are the reader bios:

David DemchukDavid Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother, published in 2017 by ChiZine Publications, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award and a Shirley Jackson Award in the Best Novel category. It was longlisted for the Toronto Book Award and shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category. It was listed in the Globe and Mail‘s 100 best books of 2017.


Meaghan Strimas by Daniel Ehrenworth
Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had By All, and Yes or Nope, which was awarded the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2017. Strimas is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College, and the editor of the Humber Literary Review. Strimas is at work on a novel and her fourth book of poems, and she is co-editor, with Priscila Uppal, of Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, which will be published in the fall of 2018. She lives in Toronto with her family.


Drew Hayden TaylorDrew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist. He was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. Taylor has authored nearly thirty books, including Motorcycles & Sweetgrass and Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories. He also edited Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy, and has been nominated for two Governor General’s Awards.


Myna WallinMyna Wallin is an author and editor living in Toronto. She is the author of a novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar and two volume of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces and Anatomy of an Injury. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Contemporary Verse 2, Literary Review of Canada, 50+ Poems about Gordon Lightfoot, and Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets.