Join us on Sunday November 25 for a warm gathering of fiction, long and short and a teensy bit of poetry to top off the 2018 year of readings.
Famous Last Words at 392 Pacific Ave, opens its doors at 5:00pm and we usually start the readings at 5:30pm. Get there early to order your drink so all that deliciousness can be shaken and stirred before the readings begin.
We are so excited (once again) to bring you a diverse and beautiful bunch of writers, who will all bring their emotionally provocative work to us. This month of readings will challenge your perceptions of “creative writing” and hopefully leave you thinking about how writing imaginatively from the truth can bring us the deepest and most artistic kind of story.
Mugabi Byenkya brings us his book, Dear Philomena. which is a collection of thoughts and conversations between Mugabi and the girl his mother expected him to be when he was born. Dear Philomena is an intense exploration and intimate experiential book that will challenge how you view your own experiences with mental and physical health and well-being.
Adam Lindsay Honsinger is “a writer, musician, and illustrator. He completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and his debut novel Gracelessland (Enfield & Wizenty) was published in 2015. His newest book, Somewhere North of Normal (2018), is a collection of short stories that takes the reader to a place where the less stable elements of reality bend: where a dying butterfly may inspire a revelation, where after being electrocuted, an artist’s body becomes a work of art, where a man may wake up after falling four stories to find himself face to face with his ten-year-old self.”
Anubha Mehta is a Canadian writer and artist who was born in India. Her book Peacock in the Snow “is a genre-bending thriller about the power of love, sacrifice and the tireless capacity of people to hope, strive and succeed despite challenging circumstances.”
Kristen den Hartog ‘s second collaboration with her sister Tracy Kasaboski is The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey. “The book delves into their maternal British roots, beginning in the 1840s, when their 3xgreat grandfather walked from Wales to London with his cows, in search of a better life. A working-class chronicle stitched into history, the tale follows the family line for nearly a century, through poverty, war, and love, and ends with the authors’ grandparents in London, Ontario, in the 1930s.”
Elee Kraljii Gardiner joins us with her chapbook memoir poetry Trauma Head. “Gardiner’s Trauma Head is a quicksilvered mirror—a startling and exquisite sequence of poems. The ‘unspeakable’ reflected is intensely fierce and sublimely sensual. Difficult, devastating, and meticulously crafted, this work is a rewarding chronicle of persistence through the trauma of recovery and return. Speech and soma are disrupted, shattered, unsheathed and reshaped—and they shimmer with Kraljii Gardiner’s luminous strength and control.” —Sandra Ridley