Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Robyn Sarah and Daniela Elza

Join us on October 23, 2013 for the next installment of the Residual Reading Series, at:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal

7:00 p.m.
with discussion to follow  

Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s most recent books are Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s, a celebrated collection of creative nonfiction and poetry (with Guernica Editions, 2013 and now on its way to its third printing); Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (Hagios Press, 2011—a creative nonfiction project on grief and loss), and Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010).

Lorri is the award-winning author and editor of thirteen books. She has taught writing in most provinces of Canada, as well as in Ireland, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and Greece. A frequent speaker on writing and literacy, she was Halifax Poet Laureate from 2005-2009 and recipient of a 2009 Halifax Women of Excellence award. Lorri has served on several local and national writing juries; her work has been featured on CBC radio and is widely anthologized. She is a professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the MFA program in creative nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax.  

Robyn Sarah was born in New York City to Canadian parents and grew up in Montreal, where she still lives.  A poet, writer, literary editor, and musician, she is the author of nine poetry collections  as well as two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Her poems have been broadcast by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (2009 and 2010), The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, and Modern Canadian Poets: An Anthology (UK).  She is currently poetry editor for Cormorant Books in Ontario.

Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 80 publications. Her poetry books are the book of It (Ebook, and Print, 2011), the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012) and milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press, 2013). Daniela lives and writes in Vancouver.

Join us in welcoming Lorri and Daniela from far, and Robyn near, as these three talented and unique writers read from their works and discuss the writing life. 

Books will be available for purchase before and after the reading. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Marguerite Pigeon and Natalee Caple

Join us on June 4th, 2013 for the next installment of Residual Reading Series, at:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal

Doors at 7:30, readings at 7:45 sharp

Featuring: Marguerite Pigeon, reading from Open Pit (NeWest Press 2013) and Natalee Caple, reading from In Calamity’s Wake (HarperCollins 2013).

Residual Reading Series is pleased to present a reading of two new works of fiction by Marguerite Pigeon and Natalee Caple. Natalee’s new novel, In Calamity’s Wake, has been described as a cinematic adventure, a dual, or dueling, narrative in two voices that darts between, as Zoe Whittall writes, “mythology, historical accounts, song lyrics, poetry, rumours, and fiction of the time period.” Pigeon’s Open Pit confronts the landscape and the civil rights of indigenous people against the backdrop of big business and amid the chaos of love, relief and difference, resulting in the questioning of what it means to be situated against will.

Join us as these two talented and unique writers launch their books together in Montreal. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Residual Reading Series, new Montreal reading space

How you take me away from this book
which I keep in front of me for its salt,
so I will not hear your eye lashes swim
out in the waves they make round this table,
finely coming the air they move round in,
so I will not feel the hard red peppers
turning in my tongue, but keep my fingers
on my pen in my pocket, and my eyes
on the plane hanging like a big ball point
in the corner of the sky, and keep my heart
standing up straight as any bank building,
and keep the red hot bird toes off the roof,
and keep my wandering voice in book ends,
and keep my breath from lying down with you.

Mountain Cure
Peter Van Toorn

On Monday, March 18th at 7:30, a new Montreal reading series welcomes Peter Van Toorn, Catherine Owen and Gabe Foreman, at

Café l’Artère
7000 avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Peter Van Toorn is one of Canada’s most inventive and irreverent poets with a genius for language. He was born in Holland in 1944, and has lived in Montreal since 1974. Among his publications are the Governor General’s Award nominated Mountain Tea: & Other Poems (McClelland and Stewart 1984 and Vehicle Press 2003) and co-edited works Cross/cut: Contemporary English Quebec Poetry (Vehicle Press 1982, with Ken Norris) and The Insecurity of Art: Essays on Poetics (Vehicle Press 1982, with Ken Norris).

Catherine Owen is from Vancouver and is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Trobairitz (Anvil Press 2012), Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn 2010) Frenzy (Anvil Press 2009), and the chapbook Steve Kulash & other Autopsies (Angelhousepress 2012). Her collection of memoirs and essays is called Catalysts: confrontations with the muse (W & W, 2012). Frenzy won the Alberta Book Prize and other collections have been nominated for the BC Book Prize, the Re-lit, the CBC Prize, & the George Ryga Award.

Gabe Foreman was born in Thunder Bay. His first book, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books, 2011) was awarded the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Concordia University First Book Prize. Currently he lives in Montreal where he works at a soup kitchen.