Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Box last night, Crozier tonight

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I'm still new to Toronto, so I'm trying to do as many Toronto-y things as possible. I experienced my first of Louise Bak's quarterly Box Salons last night, on all hallows eve, at the Rivoli. What a good idea this is--a mish mash of music, video, literary readings, performance poetry. I particularly enjoyed the poetry, by Moheb Soliman. It reminded me of a reading I attended at the March Hare in Newfoundland, by Irish poet Paul Durcan. Very different kind of writer, but Durcan's a bit of a perf-poet himself--that is, he didn't read from his work, he recited it, brilliantly, expressively. This sort of experience, when it works, makes me think maybe all poets should be performance poets, to an extent. When it's good, it's pretty electrifying.

Also got to hear Sean Dixon, dressed as Freddy Kruger (I think) read from his novel: The Girls Who Saw Everything

Lorna Crozier is reading tonight. I scammed the info below off the Patchy Squirrel listserve. You too can scam info if you click here: http://www.patchysquirrel.ca. All you have to do is give the fuzzy little frigger a nut, and he's all yours.

CANADIAN WRITERS IN PERSON
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
York University
206 Accolade West Building, 4700 Keele St Free, and open to all!

Lorna Crozier reads from her selected poetry, Before the First Word (Wilfrid Laurier UP), and answers questions.

Contact: sjcain@yorku.ca

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Lynn Coady

Lynn Coady was nominated for the 1998 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction for her first novel, Strange Heaven. She received the Canadian Authors Association/Air Canada Award for the best writer under thirty and the Dartmouth Book and Writing Award for fiction. Her second book, Play the Monster Blind, was a national bestseller and a "Best Book" of 2000 for the Globe and Mail; Saints of Big Harbour, also a bestseller, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" in 2002. Her latest novel, Mean Boy, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" of 2006 and won the Alberta Writers Guild's George Bugnet Award for Fiction. Most recently, she acted as editor on The Anansi Reader: 40 Years of Very Good Books.

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