Come out to Weird Winnipeg where Daria Patrie and I will read IN A HAUNTED HOUSE to promote the horror anthology The Shadow Over Portage and Main!

Date: September 25, 2016
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Event: Reading at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Sponsor: Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Venue: Dalnavert House
Location: 61 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, MB

Check out this amazing anthology of weird/horror fiction!

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!

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: Book Launch: The Shadow Over Portage and Main
Venue: McNally Robinson Booksellers
Location: 1120 Grant Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 2A6

The fun continues in December with a second Toronto reading, at the Rowers Pub!

Date: December 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event: Rowers Pub Reading Series
Sponsor: Rowers Pub Reading Series
Venue: The Central
Location: 603 Markham St.
Toronto, ON

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
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Event: Lit Live Reading Series
Sponsor: Lit Live
Venue: Homegrown Hamilton
Location: 27 King William St.
Hamilton, ON

Excited to be reading at the PIVOT reading series alongside Laura Clarke and Amina Farah! See you in Toronto!

Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Event: Pivot Reading Series
Sponsor: Pivot Readings at The Steady
Venue: The Steady Café
Location: 1051 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON

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
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Event: Fauxccasional Poems book launch
Venue: McNally-Robinson Booksellers
Location: 1120 Grant Ave., Grant Park Mall
Winnipeg, MB

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).

Jonathan Ball
Clarise Foster
Ray Hsu Maurice Mierau
Ken Norris
Jennifer Still
& More


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
Sponsor: CV2
Venue: Room 2M70, The University of Winnipeg
Location: 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

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
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: CV2 40th Anniversary Launch
Sponsor: CV2
Venue: McNally Robinson -- Atrium
Location: 1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

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
Venue: Marlborough Hotel
Location: 331 Smith St.
Winnipeg, MB

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
Venue: Winnipeg Cinematheque
Location: 100 Arthur St.
Winnipeg, MB