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IFOA, Eileen Myles and tour report

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IFOA, Eileen Myles and tour report

The life of one Zoe T. Leroy has been a bit hectic this week. I went to Montreal and had a fantastic time reading with Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch and Jon Paul Fiorentino, author of many things, for the Blue Metropolis reading series. We pulled the car up across from the venue and noted that Drawn & Quarterly publishers have opened a store on Bernard street, also called Drawn & Quarterly, and it's a pretty little store with exciting new graphic novel smells. When I lived in Mile End ten years ago, there were no such cool cafes and arty spots. The whole trip made me consider moving back.

The reading itself was lovely, with lots of book signing and chit chat post event. I got to meet two young women, now 18 or so, who'd written me letters after reading my first poetry book at the age of 12 and 13. Thanks to facebook and various other networking sites we'd been in touch over the years but it was so cool to meet them in person and sign tattered, well-loved copies of The Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life.

I've been blogging a bit for Now magazine about the IFOA, you can click here to read about the House of Anansi 40th party and various other events from last weekend. Stay tuned for an entry praising the "Is Nothing Sacred?" panel discussion with Amy Bloom and company. I'm finding this year's festival particularly interesting and was sad to have to be in Montreal this week for a lot of great events. I'll be hosting an event tomorrow with Janice Kulyk Keefer, Lloyd Jones and Paul Quarrington at the Premiere Dance Theatre, starting at 4:00p.m.

I'm off in the pouring rain to see Eileen Myles read at This Ain't the Rosedale Library. For those of you who don't know Eileen, she's been described by The New York Times as "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde" and I couldn't agree more. She's in town promoting her new book Sorry, Tree, which is one of my favourite poetry books of 07.

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Zoe Whittall is the author of the novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant, 2007) and two volumes of poetry, The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 2006) and The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (McGilligan, 2001).

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