Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Robson Reading Series with Susan Musgrave and Matt RaderApril 20, 2011
Tomorrow, April 21 at 7:00 pm, the Robson Reading Series will be celebrating National Poetry Month with three visionary poets: Jacob McArthur Mooney, Susan Musgrave and Matt Rader.
The event takes place at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square (800 Robson Street, Plaza Level) between Howe and Hornby.
Doors will open at 6:45pm. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Coffee/tea and treats will be served.
Jacob McArthur Mooney is the author of two books of poetry: the much-acclaimed The New Layman’s Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008), and the recently released Folk (McClelland & Stewart, March 2011). Taking as its inciting incident the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia, before moving to the neighbourhoods around Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Folk is an elaborately composed inquiry into the human need for frames, edges, borders, and a passionate probe of contemporary challenges to identity, whether of individual, neighbourhood, city, or nation. Mooney was the winner of the inaugural Open Poetry Stage at Harbourfront Centre in 2009, as well as a finalist for the 2008 CBC Literary Award in Poetry. His work has also received the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. Originally from Nova Scotia, he now lives in Toronto, ON.
Susan Musgrave has published fourteen books of poetry, as well as works of fiction, non-fiction, and writing for children. Her most recent book Origami Dove (McClelland & Stewart, March 2011) is her first book of new poems in more than a decade. Previous titles include When the World Is Not Our Home: Selected Poems 1985-2000 (Thistledown, 2009), You’re in Canada Now . . . A Memoir of Sorts (Thistledown, 2005), and the bestselling novel Cargo of Orchids (Knopf, 2000). She has been a finalist for numerous awards including the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Stephen Leacock Award and the Governor General’s Award for both poetry (twice) and fiction. She has won a BC Book Award, the CBC/Saturday Night/Tilden Award for Poetry and the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Editor’s Award. She divides her time between Victoria and Haida Gwaii, BC.
Matt Rader launches his third book of poetry, A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno (House of Anansi Press, 2011), and lures us into a luminous, demanding, particularized realm of wildflowers and weeds, newspaper archives and illness, hostels and hostiles. He is also the author of two previous collections, Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005) and Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008), as well as the fine press chapbook, The Land Beyond (Greenboathouse Books, 2003). His poems, stories, and non-fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Australia, and Europe and have been nominated for numerous awards including the Gerald Lampert Award, the Journey Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.