Konchan & Vincent Reading
Thursday January 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for an evening of poetry by Virginia Konchan and John Emil Vincent! We will have their books available for sale and signing.
Virginia Konchan is the author of a poetry collection, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018); a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017); and three chapbooks, including Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Boston Review, and elsewhere.
John Emil Vincent is the author of Excitement Tax (DC Books, 2018), which was shortlisted for the QWF First Book Prize. His second book, Ganymede’s Dog, will come out from McGill-Queen’s University Press in Fall 2019. He presently teaches at Concordia and Marianopolis College.
Book Club with the Author - H. Nigel Thomas
Thursday January 31 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our winter Book Club with the Author, when we will be hosting H. Nigel Thomas to discuss his novel Fate's Instruments! If you've read a book and wanted to talk over what you thought and your questions with the author themselves, this is the event for you.
Fate's Instruments follows Paul, an aspiring writer in his mid-twenties. He marries Carlos, a boyfriend he lived with in Guatemala, brings him to Montreal, and looks forward to a life of bliss, but things go wrong from the beginning. The trouble Carlos causes leaves Paul little time for much else, and they break up. Bill, whom Paul sees as the father he always wanted, helps him overcome his guilt about his sexuality. At the peak of Paul's troubles, Bill dies. Then fate, in the form of a brain tumour, strikes Paul. He receives support from his brother Jay, Lionel (himself a brain tumor survivor), friends, and enigmatic Professor Bram. But it is Paul's exploration of his Vincentian childhood and new-found love that restores his equilibrium.
H. Nigel Thomas was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has lived in Quebec since 1968. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, a collection of poems and two scholarly texts. He was twice shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize. In 2000, he received the Montreal Association of Business Persons & Professionals’ Jackie Robinson Award for Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was awarded Université Laval’s Hommage aux créateurs.
Lovers and Others Readings
Thursday February 07 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our latest reading series evening curated by Ilona Martonfi, Lovers and Others, an evening of poetry, prose, and music, on the theme of love and relationships! $6 at door.
The lineup for this event:
Larissa Andrusyshyn, author of two poetry collections Mammoth & Proof. Currently completing a new manuscript & teaching creative writing.
Ilona Martonfi, her latest poetry title is The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Forthcoming, Salt Bride (Inanna, 2019). The Tempest (Inanna, 2020).
Mike Di Sclafani, author of Vultures (Coracle, 2017). A multidisciplinary artist, he is currently working on a spoken word album. mikedisclafani.com
Eleni Zisimatos was a finalist in the National Magazine awards and co-edits Vallum. She has a book forthcoming with DCBooks.
Blossom Thom's poetry explores the inconsistencies found in language and society. She is the author of #HashtagRelief (Gaspereau Press, 2017).
Matthew Rettino publishes his first short story "The Pilgrim's Yoke" with Bards & Sages Quarterly (2018). Poetry appears in McGill literary zines.
Connie Guzzo McParland, President & Chief Administrative Officer of Guernica. Author of The Girls of Piazza d’Amore & The Women of Saturn.
Nadine Ltaif, poète, traductrice, son prochain livre Je ne perds rien de mon errance paraîtra au Noroît en 2019.
Robert Winters, writer and editor, whose poetry and prose explore inner landscapes in flux and future possible realities. Member, Rue Towers Writers.
Maria Caltabiano, poet & writer, past journalist, editor in the newsrooms of CBC; weather broadcaster & reporter for Tele Italia.
Ehab Lotayef, author of To Love a Palestinian Woman (TSAR, 2010). Writes in both English and Arabic. www.lotayef.com
Japan Book Club - Winter
Thursday February 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Looking for a cozy, thought-provoking read for those winter nights? Come discuss our latest title for our Japan Book Club, presented in conjunction with the JET Alumni Association of Quebec and Atlantic Canada. For this edition, we will be discussing The Travelling Cat Chronicles, by Hiro Arikawa.
An instant and international bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…
With his crooked tail – a sign of good fortune – and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. As they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.
Ottawa Speculative Fiction Showcase
Thursday March 14 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for an evening of science fiction and fantasy readings by four great writers coming special from Ottawa! Books will be available for sale and signing, as well.
Derek Kunsken is the author of the SF novel The Quantum Magician (Solaris 2018 and serialized in Analog and in SFWorld in China) as well as several stories in Asimov's and elsewhere, as well as being one of the co-chairs of Can*Con here in Ottawa.
Matt Moore writes (often speculative) horror and SF. His collection It's Not the End and Other Lies was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. He's also an organizer of the ChiSeries reading series in Ottawa.
Amal El-Mohtar, the author of The Honey Month, has won the Rhysling, Locus, Nebula and Hugo awards for her poetry and short fiction, and writes for the NY Times among other places. Her novella co-written with Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Time War, is coming out in summer 2019.
Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine Publications 2018), and the time-travel SF novellas Alice Payne Arrives (2018) and Alice Payne Rides (2019) from Tor.com Publishing.