Thursday, February 23, 2006

Fictitious Reading Series 3

Fiction fans in the Toronto area, take note. The third instalment of The Fictitious Reading Series will take place on Sunday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the gallery space above This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (483 Church Street). This month’s featured writers are Lee Gowan and Hal Niedzviecki. The evening will include readings by Lee and Hal, as well as an informal onstage interview with them. Stuart Ross will host and I will conduct the interview.

Lee Gowan is the author of three books of fiction, including the Trillium short-listed Make Believe Love and, most recently, The Last Cowboy. His screenplay Paris or Somewhere was nominated for a Gemini. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. The Globe and Mail described The Last Cowboy as “an engaging book that is at once funny, poignant and a razor-sharp image of that most tender and terrible of entities: the family” while The National Post lauded it for "resist[ing] sentiment and simplicity” and “restor[ing] the rural West’s complexity.”

Hal Niedzviecki is the author of six books including the novels Lurvy: a farmer’s almanac, Ditch, and, most recently, The Program. He is co-founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, and of the annual Canzine festival of Underground Culture. The Globe and Mail pronounced The Program “fascinating,” “quite strange” and “original in every way” while Now Magazine praised its “soulful, beautifully written moments.”

Come out to see these writers read on Sunday night! And if that’s geographically impossible, check out their books.

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