Next Merry Reading: December 3rd

Join us as we convene again on Tuesday, December 3rd with three more excellent readers: Alicia Elliot, Giovanna Riccio and Dominik Parisien.

Note: Start time 6:45pm, readings begin at 7pm. 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. Admission is free. A jar is passed for voluntary donations.

alicia elliottAlicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was shortlisted for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and is a national bestseller.

 


giovannaGiovanna Riccio is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied philosophy. Her poems have appeared in national and international journals and magazines as well as numerous anthologies. Translations of her poems have been published in Italian, French, and Romanian. She is the author of Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2010), Strong Bread (Quattro Books, 2011), and Plastic Republic (Guernica Editions, 2019).

 


dominikDominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. His recent work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, The Humber Literary Review, The Puritan, Riddle Fence, and various other journals, and he is the author of the chapbook We, Old Young Ones (Frog Hollow Press). Dominik is also the co-editor, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, of the Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and of several anthologies with Navah Wolfe, the most recent of which is The Mythic Dream. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Welcome to Season 13! See you on November 5th

Join the Rowers team on Tuesday, November 5 as we kick off our 13th season with a spectacular evening of poetry and prose featuring Lauren Carter, Dwayne Morgan and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall.

Note: Start time 6:45pm, readings begin at 7pm. 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. Admission is free. A jar is passed for voluntary donations.

 

Lauren CarterLauren Carter is the author of four books: most recently the, novel This Has Nothing to Do with You and her debut novel Swarm, which was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads, as well as the poetry collections Following Sea and Lichen Bright. Her work has also appeared in anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf) and the forthcoming Voicing Suicide (Ekstasis Editions). She lives outside of Winnipeg, MB, and has been longlisted multiple times for the CBC literary awards in both fiction and poetry.

 

 


Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is the author of ten books and is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. In 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.

 


Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Maclean’s, Utne Reader, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. His first book, Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Toronto Book Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. His first novel, Ghosted, was shortlisted for the 2011 Amazon First Novel Award. He teaches creative writing the University of Toronto and his most recent book is Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure (Harper Collins, 2018).