Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Fictitious Reading Series Gets Surreal

The first Fictitious Reading of 2007 will take place tomorrow night, Sunday, February 25th at 7:30 pm in the gallery space above This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (483 Church Street, Toronto). This month’s featured writers are Beatriz Hausner and Steve Venright. The evening will include readings by Beatriz and Steve, as well as an informal onstage interview with them. I’ll host and Stuart Ross will conduct the interview.

Beatriz Hausner has translated the fiction and poetry of many Latin American and European surrealists. She is also the author of the poetry collections The Wardrobe Mistress (Ekstasis) and Towards the Ideal Man (LyricalMyrical). Born in Chile, she came to Canada in 1971. She lives in Toronto, where she is an organizer of the Toronto Wordstage Reading Series.

Steve Venright is a writer and visual artist whose books include Spiral Agitator (Coach House Books) and The Sleepy Turbine (LyricalMyrical). Through his Torpor Vigil Industries CD label, he has released several unique recordings including CDs by Samuel Andreyev, Christopher Dewdney, and Dion McGregor. Steve was born in the fictional land of Sarnia and now resides in a large consensual reality domain called Toronto, Ontario.

Beatriz will be reading from her translation of the Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis, and Steve will be reading from his novel in progress. Stuart promises questions about surrealism and the art of translation during the chat/interview portion of the event. I'm anticipating an extremely interesting evening.

For more information on the series, see the Fictitious website.

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