The next Fictitious Reading will take place this Sunday night (November 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 Lynn Coady and Jeff Parker. The evening will include readings by these talented writers, as well as an informal onstage interview with them. Stuart Ross will host and I'll conduct the interview.
Lynn Coady was nominated for the 1998 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction for her first novel, Strange Heaven. She received the Canadian Authors Association/Air Canada Award for the best writer under thirty and the Dartmouth Book and Writing Award for fiction. Her second book, Play the Monster Blind, was a national bestseller and a "Best Book" of 2000 for the Globe and Mail; Saints of Big Harbour, also a bestseller, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" in 2002. Her latest novel, Mean Boy, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" of 2006 and won the Alberta Writers Guild's George Bugnet Award for Fiction. Most recently, she acted as editor on The Anansi Reader: 40 Years of Very Good Books. For many years a resident of Vancouver and then Edmonton, Lynn Coady now lives in Toronto.
Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman (Tin House Books) and The Back of the Line (DECODE), a collection of stories and images in collaboration with artist William Powhida. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Hobart, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and other publications. He teaches at the University of Toronto and is the program director of Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.
If you're anywhere near Toronto, you won't want to miss this one! If you're not able to attend, I encourage you to track down the books of these writers and sample their fabulous fiction on your own.
For more information on the series, see the Fictitious web site.