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Lisa Robertson Launches The Baudelaire Fractal at MOCA

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Road, Toronto, Ontario Jan 17 07:00 pm - Jan 17 09:00 pm

Join Coach House Books, Art Metropole, and Canadian Art in Toronto on January 17th at MOCA to celebrate the launch of Lisa Robertson’s debut novel The Baudelaire Fractal and the Winter 2020 issue of Canadian Art, which features an advance excerpt from the novel.
Lisa Robertson will give a reading from the novel, and will appear in conversation with Yaniya Lee, Features Editor at Canadian Art.
Canadian Art's Winter 2020 issue, themed “Antimatter,” is about artists making object-based work in a world already full of things, material practices, science-based collaborations, and things that aren’t traditionally understood as art, becoming art.

Lisa Robertson Launches The Baudelaire Fractal at Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, pin 176 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC Jan 22 07:00 pm - Jan 22 09:00 pm

Join us for the Montreal launch of The Baudelaire Fractal, the debut novel from acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson!
Lisa Robertson will give a reading from the novel and will appear in conversation with Yaniya Lee, Features Editor at Canadian Art.
Canadian Art's Winter 2020 issue, themed “Antimatter,” is about artists making object-based work in a world already full of things, material practices, science-based collaborations, and things that aren’t traditionally understood as art, becoming art.
THE BAUDELAIRE FRACTAL
A debut novel by acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson, in which a poet realizes she has written the works of Baudelaire. One morning, the poet Hazel Brown wakes up in a strange hotel room to find that she's written the complete works of Charles Baudelaire. Surprising as this may be, it's no more surprising to Brown than the impossible journey she's taken to become the writer that she is. Animated by the spirit of the poète maudit, she shuttles between London, Vancouver, Paris, and the French countryside, moving fluidly between the early 1980s and the present, from rented room to rented room, all the while considering such Baudelairian obsessions as modernity, poverty, and the perfect jacket. .. Part memoir, part magical realism, part hilarious trash-talking take on contemporary art and the poet's life, The Baudelaire Fractal is the long-awaited debut novel by the inimitable Lisa Robertson.
LISA ROBERTSON
Poet and essayist Lisa Robertson has held residencies at the California College of the Arts, Cambridge University; University of California, Berkeley; UC San Diego; and American University of Paris. Her books include Cinema of the Present, Debbie: An Epic (nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Canada), The Men, The Weather, R's Boat (poetry) and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (essays). Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip (Coach House) was named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010, and was longlisted for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. She currently lives in France.
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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly recognizes that our events and bookstores are located on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. Many of us refer to Montreal as our home, but it is named Tiohtiá:ke. This has always been a gathering place for many First Nations and continues to be home to a diverse population of Indigenous peoples. It is important to think about how each and every one of us has arrived here. We are grateful that creating and sharing stories has been a part of this land for thousands of years and we urge you to seek out a story that is different from your own.
La Petite Drawn and Quarterly Accessibility information:
- Our event space uses StopGap.ca ramps in an effort to encourage accessibility. Both the step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door have StopGap ramps. The door opens inward and is not automated. Once inside, there are no additional steps.
- It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.
♥️ Please email events@drawnandquarterly.com if you have any accessibility needs we can accommodate (for example, saving you a seat if you have mobility needs) for you to be able to enjoy our events, worry-free, and feel free to contact us for any concerns you may have ♥️

Book Launch: The Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson at powerHouse Arena

powerHouse Arena 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, New York Jan 24 07:00 pm - Jan 24 09:00 pm

Join author LISA ROBERTSON at POWERHOUSE in conversation with HILDEBRAND PAM DICK for the launch of her book THE BAUDELAIRE FRACTAL!
Featuring an author talk, audience Q&A, and book signing.
Free entry; seating first-come first-served.

Progress: Book Launch for Disfigured by Amanda Leduc

The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto Feb 05 06:00 pm - Feb 05 08:00 pm

In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm – as long as you’re beautiful and walk on two legs. And since fairy tales are the foundational myths of our culture, how can a person with a disability ever think they’ll have a happy ending? Disfigured points the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment, but operates as a way of centering a protagonist. This event welcomes author Amanda Leduc.
The book launch for Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc is presented by Coach House Books in association with SummerWorks as part of Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas. Progress is presented in partnership by SummerWorks and The Theatre Centre, and is collectively curated and presented by a series of Toronto-based companies, operating within a contemporary performance context. This fifth edition of the Festival is curated by Broadleaf Theatre, FADO Performance Art Centre, DLT, RT Collective , SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, and Why Not Theatre.

Disfigured by Amanda Leduc Hamilton Launch

The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton 170 Dundurn Street South Hamilton, ON Feb 12 07:00 pm - Feb 12 09:00 pm

Join Amanda Leduc for the launch of Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space.

Disfigured challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm - as long as you're beautiful and walk on two legs. After all, the ogre never gets the princess. And since fairy tales are the foundational myths of our culture, how can a girl with a disability ever think she'll have a happy ending?

By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world. Through the book, Leduc ruminates on the connections we make between fairy tale archetypes - the beautiful princess, the glass slipper, the maiden with long hair lost in the tower - and tries to make sense of them through a twenty-first-century disablist lens. From examinations of disability in tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen through to modern interpretations ranging from Disney to Angela Carter, and the fight for disabled representation in today's media, Leduc connects the fight for disability justice to the growth of modern, magical stories, and argues for increased awareness and acceptance of that which is other - helping us to see and celebrate the magic inherent in different bodies.

Amanda Leduc's essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur's Wife . She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada's first festival for diverse authors and stories.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, February 12 - 7 p.m.
  • First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, ON
  • Admission is free, all are welcome

The Unitarian Church has wheelchair accessible entry and wheelchair accessible washrooms. Accessible parking is available on either side of the entrance doors. For more accessibility information on the venue, please visit their website.

Please note that the venue is a nut-free and scent-free space.