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Jason Stefanik launches Night Became Years in Winnipeg

The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street, Winnipeg Apr 20 07:00 pm - Apr 20 10:00 pm

Join Coach House Books for a night of art, music, and readings to celebrate the release of Night Became Years, the first book of poetry by Winnipeg poet Jason Stefanik. 

Night Became Years combines Elizabethan canting language with a modern day innercity perspective to produce a portrait of north end Winnipeg that is unlike any other. Calling upon alchemy, love, Protestant witch judges, Indigenous identity, the cultural abutments of the inner city, football taunts, border ballads, and half­breed wailing, Stefanik reimagines what poetry can look like and what his mixed blood identity means.

JASON STEFANIK proudly resides in Winnipeg's gritty North End. A poet, publisher, and propagandist, he is a second generation adoptee, of mixed and mysterious background.

JASON G. EASTWOOD is a musician and absurdist professor of cosmic vibes from the centre of North America (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). His debut album full-length album "Linked In", a genre-bending, guitar-driven, psychedelic work that investigates love, memory, nostalgia, the fabric of the online universe, and pop-culture, was released worldwide on November 17, 2017. Jason has a Bachelor of Music (composition) and an MA in Musicology from Dalhousie University. He also has a Phd. in Rock ‘n Roll from the backstreets of Canada.

COLIN SMITH is a poet who grew up best in Vancouver's Kootenay School of Writing. He now lives lightly in Winnipeg, Anishinaabe akiin. Latest title is Multiple Bippies (CUE Books, 2014).

GABRIELLE FUNK is a Winnipeg-based visual artist, freelance illustrator, muralist, and community art facilitator through Art City and Grafitti Art Programming. She has been active in Winnipeg's art community since 2013. Her most recent body of personal work focuses on the creation of a visual narrative told through self-portraiture in exploration of femininity and sexuality as a cultural, physical and spiritual construct. In her work the inclusion of wildlife is utilized as a reflective or antagonizing force. Through this work Gabrielle aims to beckon viewers into a world laced with quiet tension and subtle admission utilizing subject matter and symbolism that is as hostile and wild as it is familiar.

This event is free and open to the public. Books for sale thanks to the fine folks at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Aaron Tucker launches Y in Toronto

Hot Mess, 587 College Street, Toronto Apr 25 07:00 pm - Apr 25 09:00 pm

Best known for his involvement with the Manhattan Project and as the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer was also a a deeply literary man, a romantic, and extremely conflicted about his work. 

Engaging with the books he voraciously read, and especially the Bhagavad Gita, his moral compass, this lyrical book by debut novelist Aaron Tucker, takes us through his story, from his tumultuous youth to his marriage with a radical communist and the two secret, consuming affairs he carried on, all the while bringing us deep inside the mind of the man behind the Manhattan Project. With the stunning backdrop of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oppenheimer's spiritual home, and using progressively shorter chapters that shape into an inward spiral, Y brings us deep inside the passions and moral qualms of this man with pacifist, communist leanings as he created and tested the world's first weapon of mass destruction, and, in the process, changed the world we live in immeasurably.

AARON TUCKER is the author of two collections of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Poems of Marcel Duchamp and Punchlines, as well as the two scholarly manuscripts Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Popular Cinema  and Interfacing  INTERFACING WITH THE INTERNET IN POPULAR CINEMA. His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed; he is also the co-creator of The Chessbard, an app that transforms chess games into poems. In addition, he is a lecturer in the English department at Ryerson University.

Doors at 7 | Readings at 7:30 
Free | All are welcome
Books, tacos, and tequila for sale

Jen Currin at Writers Read on Queen

Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East, Toronto Apr 26 07:00 pm - Apr 26 07:00 pm

Jen Currin, author of the poetry collections Hagiography, School, and The Inquisition Yours, launches her first book of short stories Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press) with guest readers Dani Couture, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Sachiko Murakami.

Adam Dickinson at Flywheel Reading Series

Pages on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB Apr 26 07:30 pm - Apr 26 09:00 pm

Adam Dickinson & Suzanne Zelazo read with John Canaday at MIT

MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA Apr 28 04:00 pm - Apr 28 04:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming poets Suzanne Zelazo, Adam Dickinson, and John Canaday to the store on Saturday, April 28, at 4:00 pm.

Jen Currin at PRISM Poetry Launch

knife | fork | book, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto Apr 28 07:00 pm - Apr 28 07:00 pm

Jen Currin, author of the poetry collections HagiographySchool, and The Inquisition Yours reads at the PRISM Poetry launch event with Doyali Islam, Erin Soros, Jessica Johns, Selina Boan, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji.


Aaron Tucker at the Factory Reading Series

The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, Ottawa Apr 29 02:00 pm - Apr 29 02:00 pm

Aaron Tucker reads from his debut novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos at the Factory Reading Series. Special guests include Brecken Hancock, Christine McNair, and rob mclennan.

Double Fiction Launch chez Librairie Drawn and Quarterly

Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, 176 Bernard O, Montreal Apr 30 07:00 pm - Apr 30 07:00 pm

Join Coach House Books to launch their spring fiction titles -- two debut novels from Julie Demers and Aaron Tucker -- at La Petite Librairie Drawn + Quarterly!

Suzanne Zelazo launches Lances All Alike in Toronto

The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto May 01 07:00 pm - May 01 09:00 pm

Join us and IFOA: International Festival of Authors for the launch of Lances All Alike, new poetry by Suzanne Zelazo. 

In Lances All Alike, Zelazo imagines what a friendship between Mina Loy & Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven – two modernist poets and artists – may have looked like had their work not been suppressed and misattributed to their male peers.

Lances All Alike amplifies and celebrates women's voices, exploring the ways in which the insidiousness of a masculinist cultural climate diminishes the opportunities for women writers to work with, and for, one another.

To celebrate, we're throwing a modernist salon, perhaps like one that Mina and Elsa would have frequented, complete with readings, collaging, and Exquisite Corpse. Free and all are welcome. Doors at 7. 

Suzanne Zelazo is a poet, editor, and educator. She has a PhD in English with a speciality in modernist poetry. Suzanne is the author of the poetry collection Parlance (Coach House) and is the co-editor of Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press), as well as Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer (BookThug).

Jen Currin at 5 Poets and a Little Bit of Wine

Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent May 02 07:00 pm - May 02 07:00 pm

A night of readings and revelry a Monastiraki! With writers Jen Currin, Nicole Raziya Fong, Helen Guri, Kaie Kellough, and Emilie O'Brien.