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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.