Matt Rader Kelowna Book Launch

Congrats to author Matt Rader, who will be celebrating his new short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, with a book launch in Kelowna on Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm.

The event is part of UBC Okanagan’s Visiting Author’s Series at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (#103 – 421 Cawston Ave). It will feature readings by Rader—an Assistant Professor in UBC Okanagan’s Creative Writing department—and Ashok Mathur, the university’s Department Head of Creative Studies. Admission is free and all are welcome. Books will be available for sale by the UBC Bookstore.

The stories in What I Want to Tell Goes Like This draw on Vancouver Island’s long and turbulent history of labour activism. They alternate between historical explorations of events that occurred in the area over a century ago—such as the Great Vancouver Coal Strike of 1912-14 and the shooting death of infamous union organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin—and present-day stories of people living in the same landscape, in the indeterminate echo of history.

Matt Rader is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for literature. He has also written three books of poems, including Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction and poetry have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize, and have been published in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Rader grew up on Vancouver Island and now lives in Kelowna, BC.

For more information on this event, contact the UBCO Creative Studies office at 250-807-9648 or toby.wesenberg@ubc.ca.



Kayla Czaga at the Victoria Writers Festival

Kayla Czaga, who has just released her debut poetry collection with Nightwood Editions – For Your Safety Please Hold On – will be taking part in a reading / new poets panel at the Victoria Writers Festival this weekend! The event, which has been titled “For Your Safety Please Hold On” after Kayla’s book, will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 1pm, at the Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell St). It will also feature authors Anne-Marie Turza, Garth Martens and Troy Sebastian and will be hosted by Marita Dachsel. Tickets are required.

For Your Safety Please Hold On is a truly remarkable first poetry collection. Kayla Czaga’s poems are already making waves and several in the collection have received award attention, including: The Fiddlehead’s 23rd annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review’s 2012 Far Horizon’s Award for Poetry and an Editor’s Choice Award in ARC Poetry Magazine’s 2012 Poem of the Year Contest.

The poems in For Your Safety Please Hold On move in thematic focus from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, each permeated by Czaga’s lively voice and quick-witted, playful language. The collection begins with funny/sad portraits of family members from the eccentric father to the not-grandfathers to the decorative aunt. Her poems about girlhood play a linguistic hopscotch often beautifully juxtaposed with feelings of menace or a first taste of smothering expectations, while her pinprick meditations on contemporary adulthood suggest a yearning for personal meaning and purpose on a larger scale. The irrepressible energy of the poems in For Your Safety Please Hold On, paired with their complex balancing act between light and dark, humour and melancholy, innocence and danger, make this collection an extraordinary first offering.

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction has been published in The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Room Magazine, Event, and The Antigonish Review, among others.

This event is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.victoriawritersfestival.org.


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Alex Leslie Launches ‘The things I heard about you’ in Toronto & Montreal

Join Alex Leslie as she celebrates the release of her poetry collection The things I heard about you (Nightwood Editions) with events in Toronto and Montreal this November!

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.



Danny Jacobs shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry

Congratulations to Danny Jacobs, who is on the shortlist for the Acorn-Plantos 2014 Award for People’s Poetry!

Danny’s book, Songs that Remind Us of Factories, is a book of poems that explore how we remain connected: to the world outside, to our ideas of home, to each other, and to ourselves.

The Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry is awarded annually to a Canadian poet, based on a book published in the previous calendar year. The work should follow in the tradition of Acorn, Livesay, Purdy, Plantos and others by being accessible to all people in its use of language and image.

Marita Dachsel (Glossolalia, Anvil Press), Kanina Dawson (Masham Means Evening, Coteau Books), Lisa Shatsky (Blame it on the Moon, Black Moss), and Ann Shin (The Family China, Brick Books) are also on the shortlist. The winner will be announced in November, 2014.


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Nightwood Editions Vancouver Book Launch!

This fall, Nightwood Editions is releasing new books by four talented authors of fiction and poetry, all of whom hail from British Columbia: Matt Rader, Alex Leslie, Elaine Woo, and Kayla Czaga. You’re invited to join the authors as they celebrate with a book launch event in Vancouver on Sunday, October 19 at 7pm at the Grand Luxe Hall (303 East 8th Ave).

Matt Rader’s short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, draws on Vancouver Island’s long and turbulent history of labour activism. The final story in the book, “All This Was a Long Time Ago,” was awarded the Jack Hodgins Founders Award from the Malahat Review. Rader is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for literature. He has also written three books of poems, including Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. Rader lives in Kelowna, BC, where he teaches at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Alex Leslie’s poetry collection, The things I heard about you, was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry. Its prose poems explore precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. A local Vancouver author, Leslie is also the author of the short story collection People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a Lambda Award and a ReLit Award; as well as a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Leslie’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.

Elaine Woo’s poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon, champions the virtue of “smallness”—characters marginalized for their age or status struggle to overcome the limitations imposed upon them by society. Woo is a poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer based in North Vancouver, BC. Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology (recipient of a 2014 silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards), V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (finalist for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award), The Enpipe Line, Ricepaper, and more. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, Night-time Symphony, won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. She is also a 2014 recipient of World Poetry’s Empowered Poet award. Cycling with the Dragon is her first book.

Kayla Czaga’s poetry collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On, moves in thematic focus from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, and is permeated by Czaga’s lively voice and quick-witted, playful language. The irrepressible energy of her poems, paired with their complex balancing act between light and dark, humour and melancholy, innocence and danger, make this collection an extraordinary first book. Several of the poems have received awards from literary journals across Canada. Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

Admission to the Nightwood Editions book launch is free and all are welcome. There will be a cash bar (beer only), and books available for sale. For more information, please email info@nightwoodeditions.com or go to www.nightwoodeditions.com. This event is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.



Tim Bowling announced as Judge for Griffin Poetry Prize 2015

The trustees of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry have announced Tim Bowling (Canada), Fanny Howe (USA) and Piotr Sommer (Poland) as the judges for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Tim Bowling is the author of twelve poetry collections, including Selected Poems (Nightwood Editions, 2013) and Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief (Gaspareau Press, 2014) and of four novels and two works of non-fiction. His work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two nominations for the Governor General’s Award, two Writers’ Trust nominations and five Alberta Book Awards. Originally from Ladner, Bowling now resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Books shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The winners will be named at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

For more information, please visit www.griffinpoetryprize.com.

 


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Matt Rader Launches New Book with BC Events!

Congratulations to Matt Rader, who is launching his debut short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, with Nightwood this October. Matt is celebrating with events in Victoria, the Comox Valley, and Vancouver this month. And you’re invited!

VICTORIA – Friday, October 17: 7pm reading at Bolen Books (#111-1644 Hillside Ave.). More info: (250) 595-4232.

COMOX VALLEY – Saturday, October 18: 7pm book launch at the Comox Valley Art Gallery (580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay). Hosted by the North Island College Write Here Reading Series. Books for sale by Laughing Oyster. More info: (250) 334-2511.

VANCOUVER – Sunday, October 19: 7pm Nightwood Editions fall book launch at the Grande Luxe Hall (303 East 8th Avenue). Also reading are local poets Alex Leslie, Elaine Woo and Kayla Czaga. Cash bar (beer only). More info: marketing@harbourpublishing.com.

In What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, Matt Rader, who grew up on Vancouver Island, draws on the Island’s long and turbulent history of labour activism. His stories alternate between historical explorations of events that occurred over a century ago—such as the Great Vancouver Coal Strike of 1912-14 and the shooting death of infamous union organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin—and present-day stories of people living in the same landscape, in the indeterminate echo of history.

Rader, with his unique voice and masterful command of tension, has created a gritty, ominous, irresistible collection in which the past hums against the present, and danger never feels far away. The final story in the book, “All This Was a Long Time Ago,” about a ferry ride across the Salish Sea with the ghost of James Joyce, was awarded the Jack Hodgins Founders Award from the Malahat Review.

Matt Rader is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for literature. He has also written three books of poems, including Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction and poetry have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize, and have been published in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Rader lives in Kelowna, BC, where he teaches in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

These events are made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.


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Doretta Lau and Elaine Woo at the LiterASIAN Festival

LiterASIAN 2014: the Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing will take place in Vancouver, BC, from October 9 to 12, 2014. This festival is a community-building initiative put on by the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Ricepaper Magazine. This year, Nightwood authors Doretta Lau and Elaine Woo will both be featured authors at the festival.

 

They will be presenting in the following events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

Elaine Woo hosting a workshop entitled “How Do You Know When a Poem is Ready For Publication?” – 2:00pm to 4:00pm, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street). Tickets $20. Pre-registration required.

Doretta Lau reading at the “Book Launch & Readings @ Centre A” event – 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Centre A (229 E Georgia St.)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

Doretta Lau hosting the workshop “Don’t Let Your Stories Languish! How to Submit to Literary Magazines” – 9:00am, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street). Tickets $20. Pre-registration required.

Elaine Woo and Doretta Lau reading at the “Book Launch in Richmond, BC” event – 11:00 – 4:00pm, Richmond Public Library Book Fair at Brighouse Branch Library (100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC)

Elaine Woo reading at the “Poetry Launch & Readings @ Centre A” event – 7:00 – 9:30pm, Centre A (229 East Georgia Street)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

Elaine Woo and Doretta Lau signing books at the “Book Launch & Readings @ UBC Learning Exchange” event – 10:00am to 4:00pm, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street)

Doretta Lau released her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, with Nightwood Editions this spring. The book has been shortlisted for the 2014 CIty of Vancouver Book Award and longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Elaine Woo is releasing her debut poetry collection with Nightwood Editions this fall, Cycling with the Dragon. Her poems champion the virtue of “smallness”—characters marginalized for their age or status struggle to overcome the limitations imposed upon them by society. Woo is a poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer based in North Vancouver, BC. Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology (recipient of a 2014 silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards), V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (finalist for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award), The Enpipe Line, Ricepaper, and more. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, Night-time Symphony, won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. She is also a 2014 recipient of World Poetry’s Empowered Poet award.

For more information on the LiterASIAN festival, or to register for workshops, visit literasian.ricepapermagazine.ca.



Christian McPherson Reads with Marguerite Pigeon & Rob Mclennan in Ottawa

A chance to meet Nightwood author Christian McPherson – author of the hilarious novel Cube Squared – is coming up in Ottawa on October 7.

Join Christian as he reads as a guest author at Marguerite Pigeon’s Ottawa launch for her first collection of stories, Some Extremely Boring Drives (NeWest). Also appearing is Ottawa author rob mclennan, who will read from his first book of short fiction, The Uncertainty Principle: stories (Chaudiere).

The event is on Tuesday, October 7th, at Pressed Urban Bar (750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa). Doors open at 7:30pm, readings begin at 8pm.



Alex Leslie Launches ‘The things I heard about you’ in Vancouver!

Congratulations to Alex Leslie, who’s releasing a first book of poems, The things I heard about you, with Nightwood Editions this fall! Join Alex for a book launch celebration in Vancouver on Thursday, October 9 at Pulp Fiction (2422 Main Street). Also reading at the event are Vancouver-based authors Rita Wong and lee williams boudakian. Doors open at 7pm, admission is free and all are welcome.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is a collection of prose poems that explore precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and landscapes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. Intense, vivid scenes that encompass large, intangible ideas such as loss and grief are decomposed—stripped to the barest detail. Ultimately, the book is an evocative, beautifully crafted collection 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. Alex lives in Vancouver, BC. Website: alexleslie.wordpress.com.

Rita Wong lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories otherwise known as Vancouver, BC, where her work investigates the relationships between the poetics of water, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. She is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007, awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as the Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement; The Enpipe Line; Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry, and more. Her forthcoming book of poems is entitled undercurrent.

lee williams boudakian is a queer gender diverse mixie currently based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. They are cultivating a practice that includes interdisciplinary art-making, writing, performing, community organizing and facilitating arts-based workshops. Their work explores intersectional identities and social justice – seeking to share un(der)represented stories of survival and make visible systemic oppressions that impact daily life, relationships, and bodies. lee is currently working on their second play entitled Dear Armen, an interactive-theatre experience integrating a blend of traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue and live music. The show will tour Vancouver, San Francisco, Oakland, & LA in the fall of 2014. For more info visit: www.deararmen.com