events


Mary Pratt at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
October 10, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Featured Titles: Mary Pratt
9:00 am - 11:00 pm at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street), Halifax, NS

Be sure to catch the retrospective of this great Canadian artist's work at the The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS) from October 10, 2014 – February 1, 2015.

For more information, visit The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.


 



Don McKay at SPARKS Literary Festival
January 25, 2015
Headliner(s): Don McKay
4:20 pm at Petro Canada Hall, Memorial University, St. John's, NL

Canadian poetry icon Don McKay will be reading at the SPARKS Literary Festival on Sunday, January 25. Don will be reading from Angular Unconformity: The Collected Poems 1970-2014, recently chosen by Quill & Quire as one of the best books of 2014. Also reading will be Melissa Barbeau, Shoshanna Wingate, and Michael Crummey.

To learn more about the festival and this year's authors, please click here.



Catherine Bush at York University
January 27, 2015
Headliner(s): Catherine Bush
Featured Titles: Accusation
7:00 pm at York University, Toronto, ON

Accusation author, Catherine Bush, is participating in York University's Canadian Writers in Person reading series on January 27, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

This event is supported by the Canadian Council.

 



Tamai Kobayashi at OLA
January 29, 2015
Headliner(s): Tamai Kobayashi
Featured Titles: Prairie Ostrich
1:00 pm at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON

Join author Tamai Kobayashi, chosen by CBC Books as a 2014 Writer to Watch, at the LPG booth (#332) at the OLA Super Conference. Tamai will be signing copies of her critically acclaimed novel Prairie Ostrich at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 29.

About Prairie Ostrich

In 1974 Bittercreek, Alberta, eight-year-old Egg Murakami lives a day-to-day existence on the family ostrich farm. Since her brother’s death, Egg’s mother has curled up inside a bottle and her father has exiled himself to the barn. Egg and big sister Kathy find solace in each other, Kathy reading books to Egg, reinventing them so that the stories end happily — and so that the world does not seem so awful. And Kathy, in love with her best friend, has her own problems.  

The Murakami family is not happy. But in the hands of Tamai Kobayashi, Prairie Ostrich is a warm and compelling drama of rare insight and virtuoso verve. Kobayashi introduces a fresh perspective to Canadian literature, blending physical, cultural, ancestral, and sexual isolation into an account of one girl’s attempt to find her place against schoolyard battles and the mysteries of the adult world.

"Prairie Ostrich’s evocative, poetic language, and resonant, dynamic characters make it an urgent and memorable, thought-provoking work." — The National Post



Margaret Sweatman Performs!
January 30, 2015
Headliner(s): Margaret Sweatman
Featured Titles: Mr. Jones
12:00 pm at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Novelist/singer/musician Margaret Sweatman performs with composer, pianist/guitarist Glenn Buhr along with Paul Pulford on cello and Mike Anderson on guitar/keyboards/vocals.

Music by Buhr, Sweatman, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Arvo Pärt. For more information go to http://glennbuhr.com/



Freeman Patterson workshop on Great Barrier Reef
February 7, 2015 - February 14, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 12:00 am at Lady Elliot Island, Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia,

Freeman Patterson, one of Canada’s most distinguished nature photographers, will be conducting a week-long photography workshop in February with Darran, Julia and Pearce Leal on Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Sponsored by World Photo Adventures. For more information, call 07 5446 6538 or email julia@worldadventures.com.au.



Calgary Launch of Where the Nights Are Twice As Long
February 11, 2015
Featured Titles: Where the Nights Are Twice As Long
7:00 pm at Shelf Life Books, corner of 4th Street & 13th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Join co-editors David Eso and Jeanette Lynes at Shelf Life Books for the Calgary launch of Where the Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets. Featuring personal love letters and epistolary poems from more than 120 Canadian poets, Where the Nights Are Twice As Long is an unforgettable journey into the long night of love.

This remarkable evening will include readings by Griffin Poetry Prize winner Christian Bök, Nathan Duek, Governor General's nominee Richard Harrison, Calgary Women's Writing Project co-founder Vivian Hansen, Alberta Book Award Winner Weyman Chan, and Ross Priddle, founding editor of GAR zine.



Freeman Patterson workshop in New Zealand
February 16, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 12:00 am at , New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound,

Join renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson for a workshop titled Edge of Perception with co-instructor Sally Mason. Patterson will focus on creativity, and using the building blocks of visual design for clear, effective, personal expression while Sally will challenge you to restore and refresh the energy found in your photography.

Comments from previous participants:

"It will be a week that I will remember forever. It really touched my heart and it has made a big impact on my life". H.S.

"It's always great to be immersed in photography in such a wonderful location and with such inspirational tutors" V.W.

For more information, email photosally@gmail.com.



Jane Woods at Galiano Island Literary Festival
February 21, 2015
Headliner(s): Jane Woods
Featured Titles: The Walking Tanteek
4:30 pm at Galiano Oceanfront Inn, 134 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island, BC

Join author Jane Woods as she reads from The Walking Tanteek at the Galiano Literary Festival. Described by David Adams Richards as "a strange and wonderful book imbued with a touch of genius," The Walking Tanteek was  recently named a book of the year by Canadian Notes & Queries.

About The Walking Tanteek

Does faith insist upon the spotless soul? Can intellectual integrity and an honest search for the holy in this world survive a collision with religious mania? Is heavenly forgiveness possible this side of the River Styx? In this boisterous, witty, manically paced novel, Maggie Prentice is resolved to find out, even if it costs her everything.

A true original, capable of brilliant verbal contortions, Maggie Prentice won’t give up. Haunted by her past, chafing under the tutelage of her born-again, cult-figure brother, coping with the double devils of alcoholism and disconnectedness, she is pursued by the Tanteek, an armchair prankster out of a Dylan song that incarnates her questions, uncertainties, and fears, and dogs her every move. In her wild, over-the-top, yet eerily familiar universe, Maggie is forced to confront life’s big questions – faith, fear, love and death — does life have meaning?  

About Jane Woods

Jane Woods spent a decade working in Canadian regional theatre before settling in Montreal to work as a voice actress. Later, she began translating and adapting French-language films and television series to be dubbed into English. She lives in Toronto, where she continues to work as a translator.



The Last Hockey Game at Chapters Bayview Village
February 21, 2015
Featured Titles: The Last Hockey Game
1:00 pm at Chapters Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON

On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. This was only the fifth time the teams had ever played each other in the Stanley Cup finals. Toronto led the series 3-2.

But this wasn’t simply a game. From the moment Foster Hewitt announced “Hello, Canada and hockey fans in the United States,” the game became a turning point in sports history. That night, the Leafs would win the Cup. The next season, the National Hockey League would expand to twelve teams. Players would form an association to begin collective bargaining. Hockey would become big business. The NHL of the “Original Six” would be a thing of the past.

It was The Last Hockey Game.

Join author Bruce McDougall at Chapters Bayview Village as he signs copies of the book that has hockey fans clamouring.



Freeman Patterson workshop in New Zealand
February 23, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 5:00 pm at , New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound,

Join renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson for a workshop titled Edge of Perception with co-instructor Sally Mason. Patterson will focus on creativity, and using the building blocks of visual design for clear, effective, personal expression while Sally will challenge you to restore and refresh the energy found in your photography.

Comments from previous participants:

"It will be a week that I will remember forever. It really touched my heart and it has made a big impact on my life". H.S.

"It's always great to be immersed in photography in such a wonderful location and with such inspirational tutors" V.W.

For more information, email photosally@gmail.com.



Arts and Nature Wilderness Camping Experience with Freeman Patterson and Rosie Burton
March 15, 2015 - March 29, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
5:00 am - 5:00 pm at Kamieskroon Hotel , South Africa,

Embark on an arts and nature wilderness camping experience with renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson and field naturalist  Rosie Burton.

Week One: Atlantic Coast Wilderness
Week Two: Richtersveld (mountain desert wilderness)

Please note that this is a wilderness experience and not a workshop.

For more details contact Maryna/Helmut Kohrs at 011-27- 27-672-1614 or kamieshotel@kingsley.co.za.kamieshotel@kingsley.co.za



On exhibit until April 2016 - A Matter of Abstraction
April 4, 2016
Featured Titles: Jacques Hurtubise
11:00 am at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 185 Sainte-Catherine Ouest (corner Jeanne-Mance), Montreal, QC

A personal encounter with the artists and artistic movements that have defined the development of abstraction since the 1940s in Québec and across Canada: that’s what is in store for visitors to the exhibition A Matter of Abstraction, on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal starting April 12, 2012. The broad overview provided by the exhibition covers the period from 1940 to 2010, in a display of 110 pieces produced by 60 artists. This multidisciplinary selection encompasses painting, drawing, video and sculpture, with particular emphasis on Québec works in the Collection.

A Matter of Abstraction is laid out in a series of groupings. The circuit continues with spaces devoted to pieces by the Automatists, the Early Plasticians, and gestural expression and structural dynamics as represented in the works of artists like Jacques Hurtubise.

Full information, including hours and prices, may be found on the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal website.

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