|Date:||September 25, 2016|
|Event:||Reading at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival|
|Sponsor:||Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival|
|Location:||61 Carlton Street
At long last, Winnipeg’s place in weird fiction has been secured by the publication of The Shadow Over Portage and Main: Weird Fictions, a horror story anthology edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert.
I wrote the introduction for the book, which you can read here. The anthology also includes a short story by Richard Crow, an exciting and obscure author about whom nothing is known. (Rumours have it that Richard Crow is the pen name of Jonathan Ball, although I obviously deny any such rumours.)
Get your copy of The Shadow Over Portage and Main: Weird Fictions and support its amazing authors and editors! Discover what’s so terrifying about Winnipeg!
The fun continues in December with a second Toronto reading, at the Rowers Pub!
|Date:||December 7, 2015|
|Event:||Rowers Pub Reading Series|
|Sponsor:||Rowers Pub Reading Series|
|Location:||603 Markham St.
Excited for Lit Live, where I’m reading alongside Donna Langevin, Pearl Pirie, Ron Schafrick, Maureen Hynes, and Ruth Roach Pierson!
|Date:||December 6, 2015|
|Event:||Lit Live Reading Series|
|Location:||27 King William St.
Excited to be reading at the PIVOT reading series alongside Laura Clarke and Amina Farah! See you in Toronto!
|Date:||December 2, 2015|
|Event:||Pivot Reading Series|
|Sponsor:||Pivot Readings at The Steady|
|Venue:||The Steady Café|
|Location:||1051 Bloor St West
Happy to join Daniel Scott Tysdal to launch his book Fauxccasional Poems at McNally-Robinson (my local bookstore) alongside Sharanpal Ruprai. Come on out! His book is outstanding. I just read it a second time and it’s a hundred times better than the first time!
|Date:||October 27, 2015|
|Event:||Fauxccasional Poems book launch|
|Location:||1120 Grant Ave., Grant Park Mall
I will be a panelist at a CV2 symposium concerning the importance of Canadian literary magazines. I am on the second panel at 4:00, but come early (at 2:30) for the first panel (I’ll be in the audience for that one).
Ray Hsu Maurice Mierau
1st Panel (2:30 – 3:45 p.m.)
40 years and still counting: the importance of CV2 and Canadian literary magazines.
In 1975, when CV2 was established in Winnipeg, Canadian literary magazines had a very important role in promoting new creative writing and new creative writing, but in the past 40 years the literary landscape has changed. This panel will discuss the traditional role of literary magazines in the Canadian literary landscape and how the rise of independent literary presses has changed that role over the past forty years and what this has meant for writers. This development has not only changed what literary magazines do but also how they do it. Issues of cultural exclusivity, literary innovation and other concerns will be discussed. A key focus of this panel will be why literary magazines are still important to the promotion and support of new writing and new writers.
Break (3:45 – 4:00 p.m.)
2nd Panel (4:00 – 5:15 p.m.)
Moving forward-the next 40 years
The expectations of literary publishing have change tremendously over the past few years—new technologies—new ways of looking at poetry and over genres—what does this mean for the future of writing—for literary publishers and magazines like CV2 and where might we all be going. Panel will discuss digital publishing, self-publishing, on-line publishing, collaboration as well as new and divergent styles and forms of writing and genre, what they mean for writers and publishing. Discussion will also discuss concerns over diversity, social media and other challenges that writers and literary publishing face in the future.
|Date:||November 13, 2015|
|Time:||4:00 - 5:15 p.m.|
|Event:||CV2: A Putting Down of Roots Symposium|
|Venue:||Room 2M70, The University of Winnipeg|
|Location:||515 Portage Avenue
Excited to read as part of CV2‘s 40th anniversary celebrations! My first professionally published poems appeared in CV2 so it means a lot to me. Come out and support this wonderful literary journal!
|Date:||November 12, 2015|
|Event:||CV2 40th Anniversary Launch|
|Venue:||McNally Robinson -- Atrium|
|Location:||1120 Grant Avenue
I shall attend and applaud the Manitoba Book Awards! You should come too. My book John Paizs’s Crime Wave (U of Toronto P, 2014) is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/ Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg, so you can sit on the edge of your seat! The full list of shortlisted books is here. A 1920s theme, if you want to dress up (not necessary). Free, but RSVP.
|Date:||April 25, 2015|
|Time:||6:00 (cocktails) / 7:00 (event)|
|Event:||Manitoba Book Awards|
|Sponsor:||Manitoba Book Awards|
|Location:||331 Smith St.
Winnipeg! Important stuff afoot! The digitally restored version of Crime Wave will screen in Winnipeg, prefaced by a panel that I shall moderate, all part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Film Group!
At 5 p.m., I will moderate a panel featuring Dave Barber, Steve Gravestock, Midi Onodera, John Paizs, and Geoff Pevere about 1980s Canadian cinema. Here’s the rundown:
The 1980s were a frontier of new opportunity for Canadian filmmaking. This period saw the rise of an unprecedented number of acclaimed Canadian filmmakers whose stature remains uncontested today. The vast majority of them have their roots within the film production centre system.
The Toronto New Wave and Prairie Post Modernism were two filmmaking movements of the 1980s and early ’90s that characterize this era in Anglo-Canadian cinema. New funding and programming initiatives promoted the trajectories of these independent Canadian directors, many of whom remained working in Canada.
This panel will consider the unique conditions that existed at the time to foster the talents of the independent Anglo-Canadian directors of the 1980s and early ’90s, as well as their collective influence on the generations of filmmakers that came after them.
At 7 p.m., the restored Crime Wave will screen, with filmmaker John Paizs in attendance. It’s going to be great! Don’t miss out. I literally wrote the book on this film, and even if you have seen it a hundred times like I have, the newly restored version is a revelation.
|Date:||May 6, 2015|
|Time:||5:00 p.m. (panel) / 7:00 (Crime Wave screening)|
|Event:||Crime Wave, Prairie Post Modernists & New Wave Pioneers: 1980s Cinema|
|Sponsor:||Winnipeg Film Group|
|Location:||100 Arthur St.