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Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Robson Reading Series with Susan Musgrave and Matt Rader

April 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.


Ryan Knighton at the Robson Reading Series with Ed Macdonald

April 4, 2011

This Thursday, April 7, the Robson Reading Series will be hosting Ryan Knighton and Ed Macdonald for a night that will bring new meaning to the term “father issues.”

Ryan Knighton’s latest memoir, C’mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark (Knopf 2010), is an honest and wry account of his journey into fatherhood. A follow-up to the widely acclaimed Cockeyed, Ryan takes the reader through his first chaotic year as a blind parent. Ryan lives in Vancouver.

For his debut novel, Spat the Dummy (Anvil 2010), Ed Macdonald took the comedic sense that’s made him one of Canada’s top screenwriters and a triple Gemini award-winner, then added a heavy dose of tragedy. What he came up with is a raw and unrestrained, modern-day hero’s journey to face his – and his father’s – demons. Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Ed now lives in Montréal.

The evening begins at 7pm at UBC Robson Square. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu at the Robson Reading Series

February 21, 2011

Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu will read at the Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Room 182) this Thursday, February 24 from 1-2 pm. This is a co-presentation between the Robson Reading Series and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Evelyn Lau‘s previous poetry books. Instead of the focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative.

Ray Hsu‘s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to his award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”


Anna Swanson & Deborah Willis at the Robson Reading Series

December 3, 2010

On Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, the Robson Reading Series will host poet Anna Swanson as she reads from The Nights Also (Tightrope Books), and Deborah Willis, who will read from Vanishing and Other Stories (Penguin Canada), at UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Anna Swanson read poems from The Nights Also at The Word On The Street Vancouver 2010, and Deborah Willis read from Vanishing and Other Stories at the 2009 Festival.

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and Memorial University. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.
With poems that are at once deep and pithy, The Nights Also illuminates one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude. Lorna Crozier has described Anna’s poems as “smart, original, and daring.”

Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Her fiction has appeared in Grain, Event, the UK’s Bridport Prize anthology, and she was the winner of the 2005 PRISM international fiction prize. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2009 and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a BC Book Prize. She works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC.
Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it’s ever possible to move on. According to Alice Munro, “the emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing.”