December 4th reading

Our next reading features Aaron Giovannone, Amanda Leduc, Michael Redhill, Aparna Kaji Shah! Please join us on December 4th at Glad Day Bookshop.

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 our reader bios:

Aaron GiovannoneAaron Giovannone’s poems have been published widely in journals across Canada and the US. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Aaron has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and has lived in Italy, including a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Siena. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Loneliness Machine and The Nonnets. Aaron splits his time between Calgary and the Okanagan Valley, where he teaches literature and writing at Okanagan College.


Amanda LeducAmanda Leduc has published across Canada, the US, and the UK, and been shortlisted for a number of awards, among them the 2015 StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize, the 2014 CBC Canada Writes Short Story Competition (longlist), the 2012 (and 2008) PRISM International Short Fiction Contest, the 2012 TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, the 2008 UK Daily Mail First Novel Award, and the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Her novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, was published in 2013 by ECW Press. She lives in Hamilton ON.

 


Michael Redhill by Amanda WithersMichael Redhill is an award-winning novelist, poet and playwright. He is the author of the novels Consolation, longlisted for Man Booker Prize; Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Giller Prize; and most recently, Bellevue Square, winner of the 2017 Giller Prize. He has written a novel for young adults, four collections of poetry and two plays, including the internationally celebrated Goodness. He also writes a series of crime novels under the name Inger Ash Wolfe. He lives in Toronto, ON.


Aparna Kaji ShahAparna Kaji Shah was born in Mombasa, and grew up in Mumbai. She has a Master’s degree in English and Aesthetics from the University of Bombay, and an M. Phil. in English from SNDT University, Mumbai. After she moved to Canada in 1985, she obtained a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She and her husband, and their family, have lived for various periods in the UK, India, and Singapore. She and her husband returned permanently to Canada in 2013 and continue to live in Toronto. Her fiction has been included in several anthologies. The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories is her debut collection of short fiction

 

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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