Toronto – Wednesday, November 5: Book launch at Type Books (883 Queen Street West), 7pm. Featuring local guest readers Daniel Allen Cox and Linda Besner. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. More info: 416-366-8973 or www.typebooks.ca
Toronto – Thursday, November 6: Reading as part of the Livewords readings series at Betty’s Basement (40 King Street East – 2nd floor), 8pm. Doors at 7:30pm. Also reading are Donato Mancini, Lynn McClory, and Jacob McArthur Mooney. Donation requested. More info: www.livewords.ca
Montreal – Saturday, November 8: Book launch at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Rue Bernard Ouest), 7pm. Featuring local guest readers Daniel Allen Cox and Linda Besner. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. More info: (514) 279-2224
Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is a collection of prose poems that explores precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. The poems have been subjected to a “blackout” process in which they are distilled into smaller, more potent versions of their previous selves, often leading to a new thought, effect, or revelation. It is a is an evocative, beautifully crafted book of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants.
Alex Leslie has published a collection of stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 Relit Award; as well as a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Alex’s writing has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for fiction. Recent projects include editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada. Website: alexleslie.wordpress.com.
These events are made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.