Rowers News

Rowers is now on our regular summer hiatus and will see you for more readings in the fall when we move to our new venue Supermarket in Kensington Market on the first (or occasionally second) Tuesday of the month. We also wanted to share some news.

The Rowers Reading Series is delighted to announce that we have just received funding again from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Many thanks to both Councils and to the Toronto Arts Council for their ongoing support.

On a very sad note, Rowers co-founder Ned Hagerman passed away last week. His obituary is http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20160616.93375918/BDAStory/BDA/deaths. Ned was wonderful, kind and generous human being and a great friend to literary community. Our sincerest condolences to his partner Beverley and all of Ned’s family and friends. Ned will be greatly missed.

June 6 reading back at The Central

On June 6 we are back home at The Central!

Join the Rowers Reading Series for a stellar June evening of poetry and prose featuring Dietrich Kalteis, Shane Rhodes, Jess Taylor and Daniel Perry. Readings begin at 7pm.

We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets.

 

Dietrich KalteisDietrich Kalteis’s third novel Triggerfish will be released June 1st, and his fourth, House of Blazes is scheduled for release in October. The National Post calls his second novel The Deadbeat Club, “A breakout for Kalteis, doing for Vancouver and Whistler what George V. Higgins did for Boston, and Jean-Claude Izzo does for Marseille.” Crime Syndicate Magazine calls it “a breakout effort from a rising star in Canadian crime fiction, and one of the best books this year.”  His debut novel, Ride the Lightning, won an Independent Publisher Award in 2015 and was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels, and more than 40 of his short stories have been published internationally. He lives with his family in Vancouver.


Shane RhodesShane Rhodes is the author of five books of poetry including his most recent X: poems and anti-poems (2013, Nightwood Editions) and Err (2011, Nightwood Editions). Shane’s awards include an Alberta Book Award for poetry, two Lampman-Scott Awards, the National Magazine Gold Award for poetry, the P. K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry and a nomination for the Ottawa Book Award. Shane’s poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014), Breathing Fire II, and Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets. Shane is the poetry editor for Arc, Canada’s national poetry magazine, and was the 2013 Queensland Poet in Residence in Brisbane, Australia.


Jess Taylor

Author photo credit Angela Lewis

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012 and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She’s released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, Just Pervs;  a novel, Where Everything Glows; and continuation of her life poem, Never Stop. 

 


Dan PerryDaniel Perry is the author of the short story collections Hamburger (Thistledown, 2016) and the forthcoming Nobody Looks That Young Here (Guernica, 2018). His fiction has been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Prize, and has appeared in more than 30 publications in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. the Czech Republic. He lives in Toronto, and on Twitter @danielperrysays.