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Poetry Prťlude
September 30, 2016
Featured Titles: Dust or Fire
6:00 pm at Saint John Ale House, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

Join poets Jennifer Houle, Alyda Faber, Philip Crymble, Sonia Cotten, Eric Kennedy, Joanie Duguay for a Foglit Poetry Prélude.



Launch of M. Travis Lane's Collected Long Poems
September 30, 2016
Featured Titles: The Witch of the Inner Wood
7:00 pm at Gallery on Queen, 406 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB

Join M. Travis Lane for the celebration of a new collection of long poems The Witch of the Inner Wood, edited by Shane Neilson at the Gallery on Queen on Friday September 30th, at 7PM. 

M. Travis Lane has long flown under the radar of Can Lit, crafting luminous poems and sharp literary criticism — much of it published in The Fiddlehead, one of Canada’s premier literary journals — but in recent years her work has been drawing the attention it deserves. Evidence of this recognition is her 2015 Governor General’s Award nomination forCrossover, a collection the still-vital poet published at the age of 81. 

Her poetry is modernist, dense, and highly allusive, drawing adeptly on classical and biblical sources, imbued with a feminist and ecocritical perspective. Her musical lines, vivid metaphors, and phenomenological acumen launch her into the company of such poetic luminaries as Don McKay, Jan Zwicky, and Tim Lilburn. In the long poetic form, these qualities reach their highest expression. This volume, an exquisite collection that brings together her long poems for the first time, constitutes an important addition to the canon of Canadian literature and to the canon of feminist literature in North America.



Steve Patterson at Pages on Kensington
October 1, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
1:30 pm at Pages on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB

Join Steve Patterson for a reading and signing at Pages on Kensington.



Steve Patterson at The YYComedy Festival Gala
October 1, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
8:00 pm at Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB

For the fifth consecutive year, the Funny 1060 AM YYComedy Festival Gala will be presenting the strongest lineup of comedic talent to be seen on an Alberta stage this year. Along for the celebration will be Steve Patterson, host of CBC radio’s The Debaters. Click here for more details about the YYComedy Festival Gala.



Lorenzo Society presents Richard Kelly Kemic & Katherine Leyton
October 4, 2016
Headliner(s): Katherine Leyton, Richard Kelly Kemick
Featured Titles: Caribou Run, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth
7:00 pm at UNB Saint John, Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre, 100 Tucker Park Road, Saint John, NB

Join Richard Kelly Kemic and Katherine Leyton for the Lorenzo Society Reading Series. 



Riel Nason at Chapters Moncton
October 8, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
12:00 pm at Chapters Moncton, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Moncton, NB

Celebrate the publication of Riel Nason's new book All The Things We Leave Behind at Chapters in Moncton!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

"Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet." — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light

This event is free and open to the public.
Books will be available for purchase.



Wordfest with Richard Kelly Kemic, Jim Lynch, and Tim Falconer
October 12, 2016
Featured Titles: Caribou Run
12:00 pm at Catherdral Church of The Redeemer, 604 1 St. SE, Calgary, AB

Surrounded by the beautiful interior of one of Calgary’s oldest churches, enjoy a free-admission sampler of great reads on a variety of themes by three Wordfest 2016 authors Richard Kelly Kemic, Tim Falconer and Jim Lynch. Featured Books Before the Wind by Jim Lynch In Before the Wind, Jim Lynch gives us a grand and idiosyncratic family saga with the grace and humour of a talented storyteller. Joshua Johannssen has spent all of his life surrounded by sailboats. His grandfather designed them, his father built and raced...

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Wordfest Cabaret
October 14, 2016
Featured Titles: Caribou Run
7:00 pm at Glenbow Museum Theatre, 130 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Anything can happen when award-winning poets and master storytellers use the stage as the page, cabaret-style, and push the limits of the spoken and written word. Featured Books & Artists Congotronic by Shane Book Congotronic is the second collection from Canadian poet and filmmaker Shane Book. At once original, strange, funny and unnerving, Congotronic takes the reader into unstable territory, where multiple layers of voice, diction and music collide. Some of these poems have the sparse directness of a kind of bleak prayer; others mingle...

Featuring: Shane Book, Sandra Ridley, Lee Maracle, Richard Kelly Kemick, Richard Harrison, Helen Hajnoczky, Anne Fleming, Jane Byers, & Jillian Christmas.

Tickets are $20. Click here to learn more. 



Riel Nason at the R.E.A.D Saint John Literacy Fundraiser Tea & Tales
October 15, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
7:00 pm at TBA, Saint John, NB

R.E.A.D. Saint John was established in 1976 as the Saint John Area Literacy Council due to the high rate of illiteracy in the city. In 1988 the council was renamed as READ Saint John to give the public a better understanding of its purpose: "Reading Education for Adult Development". Read Saint John is a council of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick.

Riel Nason will be participating in this years Tea & Tales in the support of literacy in the city! Come and join her for tea, hear a tale, and support a great cause.

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Wordfest Adult Spelling Bee with Richard Kelly Kemic & Sherwin Tjia
October 15, 2016
Featured Titles: Caribou Run
9:00 pm at Arts Commons Ė Big Secret Theatre, 205 8th Ave SE, Calgary, AB

One by one, a number of fearless Calgarians are asked to spell a word in front of an audience of hooters and hollerers! If they get it right, they sit down. If they get it wrong, they must remove items of clothing. After three strikes, a participant is out of the competition. But they should take heart – because while they may have lost, the audience has most certainly won. Please note: This is a queer, senior and trans-friendly event. No photos are allowed. Our goal is to have everyone feel safe, secure and comfortable. Cash bar available.

Tickets are $15. Click here to learn more. 



Daniel Scott Tysdal at the International Festival of Authors!
October 20, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Headliner(s): Daniel Scott Tysdal
Featured Titles: Fauxccasional Poems
1:00 pm - 12:00 am at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

In 2016 IFOA welcomes over 200 Canadian and international participants to Toronto. The Festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events. The IFOA takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake, from October 20th to the 30th.

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Debra Komar at the Berton House Series Reading & Talk
October 20, 2016
Headliner(s): Debra Komar
Featured Titles: Black River Road
7:30 pm at Whitehorse Public Library 1171 Front St, Whitehorse, YT

Forensic scientist and investigator Debra Komar helped solve the mysteries of some of the world's most horrific genocides, from Darfur to Kosovo. Now she has turned to historic Canadian crimes, using modern forensic science and methods and spun them into page-turning true murder mysteries.

Click here to learn more. 



Panel and Reading at Vancouver International Writers Festival with Riel Nason
October 21, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
1:00 pm at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Join the panel discussion and reading of Riel Nason's All The Things We Leave Behind at Vancouver International Writers Festival!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light



Reception for Beyond the Crease: Ken Danby & Last Folio: Yuri Dojc
October 23, 2016
Headliner(s): Ihor Holubizky
Featured Titles: Ken Danby
5:00 pm at Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON

Come celebrate the exhibition opening of Beyong the Crease: Ken Dandy & Last Folio: Yuri Dojc at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

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Sunday Brunch at the Vancouver International Writers Festival with Riel Nason
October 23, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
11:00 am at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Join the Sunday Brunch and enjoy a reading of Riel Nason's All The Things We Leave Behind at Vancouver International Writers Festival!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light



Steve Patterson at Titles @ Table 40
October 26, 2016
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
5:30 pm at Table 40, 7 Springfield Road, Ottawa, ON

Join us for a Titles@Table40 evening of fun and laughter with the host of CBC’s The DebatersSteve Patterson!

The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Attendees must reserve their spot at the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 which will go towards the cost of the meal (a set menu with a vegetarian option). The total cost of the meal is $40.00, which includes a three course meal (family-style). No substitutions will be allowed.

Tax, 18% gratuity, and refreshments are not included.

Tickets are are going fast, so call or visit us to reserve your spot today!



The Heliconian Literary Lecture Series with Pauline Holdstock
October 27, 2016
Headliner(s): Pauline Holdstock
Featured Titles: The Hunter and the Wild Girl
7:30 pm at Toronto Heliconian Club 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON

This popular series has been described as a cross between a traditional book club and a university course without exams. 

Pauline HoldstockThe Hunter and the Wild Girl is the story of a feral girl and a bereaved father who lives in self-imposed exile in rural 19th century France. Possibly the most arresting aspect of the novel, apart from the exquisite sense of place, is Holdstock’s implied invitation to consider the essence of a human being. Freedom and connection are essential, the novel suggests, and the bonds that hold us together can also destroy us.

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Steve Patterson at Mosaic Books
November 2, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
12:00 am at Mosaic books, 411 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

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On exhibit until November 2016: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British
November 13, 2016
9:00 am at Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Art Gallery's upcoming exhibit, I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia, will be on display between July 1 to November 13, 2016.

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. With artworks assembled from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition will present early works, ancillary archival materials and the audacious later work of both artists as they moved toward their transcendent visions. 

Please visit the Vancouver Art Gallery's website here for more information.



Elle Adapted from Douglas Gloverís novel by Severn Thompson
February 7, 2017
Headliner(s): Douglas Glover
Featured Titles: Elle (Reader's Guide Edition)
12:00 pm at Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country.   However, she finds herself abandoned on the deserted Isle of Demons (off the coast of Newfoundland) as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.  In the lead role, Thompson “holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and is a master of delivery”. -Mooney on Theatre

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Elle Adapted from Douglas Gloverís novel by Severn Thompson
February 22, 2017
Featured Titles: Elle (Reader's Guide Edition)
12:00 pm at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Unit Y300 Ė 393 Portage Avenue 3rd Floor, Portage Place, Winnipeg, MB

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country.   However, she finds herself abandoned on the deserted Isle of Demons (off the coast of Newfoundland) as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.  In the lead role, Thompson “holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and is a master of delivery”. -Mooney on Theatre

Click here to learn more.



Lorenzo Reading Series with Riel Nason
February 23, 2017
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
7:00 pm at UNB Saint John Campus, 100 Tucker Park Road, Saint John, NB

Join Riel Nason at the Lorenzo Reading Series at UNB Saint John.

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light

This event is free and open to the public.



Planet Earth Poetry reading with Ali Blythe
March 3, 2017
Headliner(s): Ali Blythe
Featured Titles: Twoism
7:30 pm at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 103- 1633 Hillside Avenue , Victoria, BC

Join Ali Blythe for a reading, hosted by Planet Earth Poetry at Hillside Coffee and Tea. 

“Blythe’s stark, deft poems build a spectacular debut.” – Johnathan Ball,Winnipeg Free Press

Details soon to follow at Planet Earth Poetry.

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