Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Basil Papademos

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Born in Toronto, 1957. Basil Papademos lived in Montreal for about 15 years. He has also lived in Vancouver, the US, England and Greece, along with traveling extensively. He is currently on assignment in Bangkok. While living in Montreal, his first novel, The Hook of it is was published by Emergency Press. His second novel, MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love was be published by Tightrope Books in the spring of 2012. Basil is currently working on a novel called How To **** Your Psychiatrist, due to be published in fall of 2013.

Send your questions and comments for Basil to writer@openbooktoronto.com

On Writing, with Basil Papademos

Open Book: Toronto:

What was your first publication and where was it published?

Basil Papademos:

The first thing I ever had published was a satirical story in the Seneca College newspaper, way back in the Pre-Cambrian age. My first non-student publishing effort was having another satirical story published in Magnetic City, a Toronto mag that circulated when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

OBT:

Describe a recent Canadian cultural experience that influenced your writing.

Recent Writer In Residence Posts

When Trouble Comes Looking for You...

A World of Villon...
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Not a Footprint in Sight..
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Of Erotic Lit, Mommy Bloggers & Shower Heads...
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Of Boobs, Beer Guts and Broken Dreams of Bitchin-free Blows...
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...

To read more and check out various depraved videos, pls go to...
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...
AND
http://basilpapademosexplicit....

Mount Royal going to Berlin...

NOTES FROM THE END OF THE YEAR...

MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love
has been accepted into competition for the CoProduction Market at the Berlin International Film Festival in February '13.

"Artists must lead from the front."
That quote comes from the great Russian Revolutionary painter Olga Rosanova, one of the earliest abstract painters, when she showed her legendary work, The Green Stripe.
Inspirational words worth taking into this brave new year that is upon us...

E-BOOK NOW OUT
MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love
A Phosphorus Books/Smashwords Edition

How To *#*# Your Psychiatrist - part 9

Another excerpt from the novel-in-progress, How To *** Your Psychiatrist.
Go to:
http://basilpapademosexplicit....

For other stuff, go to:
http://www.nothingharderthanlo...

How To !*#! Your Psychiatrist - Part 8

The latest scene from the novel-in-progress, How To F#!* Your Psychiatrist

Go to: www.nothingharderthanlove.com

50 Shades of Gay - and I don't mean queer

It's the book that's sweeping the vanilla hetero world.
She's called Anastasia and she's a college aged virgin and meets a - what else - "deeply disturbed" billionaire called Christian Grey. And of course Christian Grey, the "smoldering" billionaire stranger, must be saved by the virgin college girl Anastasia. No, I'm serious. She really is a virgin and he really is a billionaire and she really does constantly refer to her 'inner goddess.' I think he begins to call her that too. For that alone they both deserve a horsewhipping.

"He looked at me bitterly. ‘The woman who brought me into this world was a crack whore, Anastasia … I am fifty shades of fucked up.’ I slip into a dazed and exhausted sleep, dreaming of a four-year-old gray-eyed boy in a dark, scary, miserable place."

MOUNT ROYAL: There's nothing harder than love -NOW AVAILABLE


A six week trip back to Norte Americana for the launch of my novel
MOUNT ROYAL: There's nothing harder than love
Click on the title to buy a copy directly from the publisher.

2ND TORONTO SHOW @ THE PAINTED LADY MON JUNE 18, 7:30pm

MOUNT ROYAL: there's nothing harder than love
from Tightrope Books - now out!

The June 06/12 launch party was great fun, great crowd. I began doing live shows at The Painted Lady a couple years ago when they gave me a break after no one else would. So I wanted to do something there now that the novel has finally been published, so...
Come along for some filthy fun and frolic at:
THE PAINTED LADY- MON JUNE 18 @ 7:30pm.
218 Ossington, SW Corner at Dundas St. West.
It's an wonderful little divey bar frequented by the most lovable bunch of eccentrics and freaks. The co-owners Nicky & Sam are hugely supportive of all performers and artists, and bar manager Jess keeps things smooth and easy. Great place to just hang out.

Book launch: MOUNT ROYAL: there's nothing harder than love

You are invited to release parties in Toronto & Montreal for my new novel from Tightrope Books...
MOUNT ROYAL: there's nothing harder than love
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...

TORONTO - WED. JUNE 06/12 - REVIVAL BAR 783 College St. - Doors open at 7:30pm
MONTREAL - MON. JUNE 25/12 - LES FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES - 87 Ste-Catherine Est - Doors open 9pm

Come join us for an evening of filth, fun and frolic!

Thailand, oh Thailand...

It's been about 7 months in 'Amazing Thailand' and it's been pretty amazing, all right. Many people come here, experience some personal magick and think it's just them. Then they talk to others who've felt it happen and realize, no, it isn't just them - it's this place too. It works on a lot of levels - or doesn't work - but it's never not magick. It's just that sometimes the magick is black - but hey, you can't have white magick without some black.
To see what I've been up to lately, go to:
DIRTY MINDS
basilpapademos.blogspot.com

Playing Poker Without Money...

Dateline: Thailand

There's a cafe here in Chiang Mai where I go for breakfast sometimes. They have a guest house upstairs and get a lot of alt travelers - many of them Europeans traversing great distances across Asia or up from Oz, riding massive, off-road style motorcycles.
A very friendly and attractive 30ish German couple called Franz and Marie were in town for a couple days...

TO READ MORE, PLS GO TO:
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WARNING: Explicit content

Things Were Looking Up

I know I can go kind of nuts once in a while but I've got a psych file thicker than a Greater Toronto phone book. A common problem was I'd end up personally involved with some of my shrinks - women mostly.
They seemed bored as hell and would sit there, sigh and look at their laptop or clipboard, yawn and ask these dumb, clinically derived questions. It was always "On a scale of 1 to 10, do you-"
I'd say, "Just put down 10 for everything."
That would make them look up and sometimes frown and sometimes smile and I'd say, "What do you do for kicks?"
"Pardon me?" or "What?" was the usual response...

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"Your Mazda Girls"

Here's a real little heartbreaker. I've been in Thailand for almost 4 months now, recovering from various long standing ailments and things are going pretty nicely.

While living back in Toronto, I'd been driving a 'trick taxi', as my friend Fernando called it. You can read the story at: How To Murder Your Children For Fun + Profit
Anyway, a couple days ago three of the regular girls I used to drive around sent me some money and good wishes. "Hope you're doing great and riding in the sun. Love, your Mazda Girls."...
TO SEE REST OF POST, PLS GO TO:
"Your Mazda Girls"

Insane Men We Have Known + Loved

Christmas can be a special time, particularly for fathers and sons who share a deep affection for Canada's national game, hockey...

"What do you want?"
"I called to see how you're doing."
"What do you care how I'm doing? When you were living here you never came around so now you're calling from spic land to see how I'm doing?"
"Look, Dad, I didn't call to-"
"I bought you your first car, you know."

WARNING: Profane language - To read entire post please go to:
Basil Papademos Writing

HOW TO MURDER YOUR CHILDREN FOR FUN + PROFIT

The following posts are about my experiences as a driver/minder while working for a low level escort agency in Toronto.

WARNING: Explicit language and situations

PART 1
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...

PART 2
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...

PART 3
http://basilpapademoswriting.b...

Insane Women We Have Known + Loved

To read parts 1 and 2 of...

Insane Women We Have Known + Loved
please go to:

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WARNING: Explicit language

Video show: Mount Royal

I recently recorded a trio of videos, excerpts from my upcoming novel, Mount Royal. They were shot at Cosmic Karma Studios for Station Zero. The toughest thing is seeing how rough I look after being captured under those deadly bright interrogation lights they use to light video. Man, I look like I just crawled out of a coffin! I was on my fifth day with virtually no sleep - but still... Anyway, despite my fractured vanity, I'd like to thank Station Zero bossman Fernando Perriera and Mike Nyuen at Cosmic Karma.

MOUNT ROYAL 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLYTFa...

MOUNT ROYAL 2
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K0sj1...

MOUNT ROYAL 3
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCD9Cf...

Performed on video: Mount Royal

I recently recorded a trio of videos, excerpts from my upcoming novel, Mount Royal. They were shot at Cosmic Karma Studios for Station Zero. The toughest thing is seeing how rough I look after being captured under those deadly bright interrogation lights they use to light video. Man, I look like I just crawled out of a coffin! I was on my fifth day with virtually no sleep - but still... Anyway, despite my fractured vanity, I'd like to thank Station Zero bossman Fernando Perriera and Mike Nyuen at Cosmic Karma.

MOUNT ROYAL 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

MOUNT ROYAL 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

MOUNT ROYAL 3
3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Basil Papademos reads excerpt from his new novel Mount Royal

This is the first of three excerpts recently recorded at Cosmic Karma Studios for Station Zero. The toughest thing is seeing how rough I look after being captured under those deadly bright interrogation lights they use to light color video. Man, I look like I just crawled out of a coffin! I was on my fifth day with virtually no sleep - but still... Anyway, aside from my fractured vanity, I'd like to thank Station Zero bossman Fernando Perriera and Mike Nyuen at Cosmic Karma. The background in this video was shot in a middle-of-the-night drive to Niagara Falls then passed through various effects.

"FAAAG!" Of Barrie, Lit Readings + Oven Mitts...

I was recently honored with an invitation to take part in the monthly gathering of the Society of the Spoken Word in Barrie, Ontario, as their spotlight guest. The organizer, Jon Eskedjian, was very gracious and those on hand were attentive and very flattering. It was a bit strange doing a show in a café for the first time (I usually do my thing in bars) but it turned out very well. I even got paid. I’d originally been put in touch with Jon by my old school mate, Professor Bruce Meyers, who has mentored many a writer while teaching at Georgian College. It was a pleasant evening all round.

READING TONIGHT: TUES JUNE 28, 2nd Cup, Barrie

I'M ON! 9pm tonight at the Society of the Spoken Word. Through the good offices of Prof. Bruce Meyer of Georgian University, founder Jon Eskedjian has invited me to read at the Society's monthly event. I should have posted this earlier but I've been running around like a lunatic doing a million things while hardly sleeping. Man, the result is better than drugs! A kind of hightened reality. So if you're in the Barrie area or feel like driving up, tonight's reading will begin 9pm at the 2nd Cup, 74 Dunlop St. East, downtown in Olde Barrie.

'Hey, who's the dead guy?'

WARNING: THIS ENTRY CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

I did a reading this past week and it went pretty well. Decent turn out, people seemed to enjoy themselves. A few days later I did another reading, but this time in a TV studio and MY GAWD, it was shocking! Under the full-on TV lights, I looked like I’d just crawled out of a coffin! A no-shit zombie, no make-up required.

It’s strange how you have this self-image and you kinda of walk around thinking, 'hey, I don’t feel too bad. Maybe I look like I don’t feel too bad.' Then you see someone you haven’t seen in a couple decades and think, man, they look awful. And of course the sad epiphany follows: “Hey… wait a minute… if we’re the same age, that means…”

Plague Days

WARNING: This entry contains explicit language

After the operation Carp hardly went out. At first nothing facial showed. It was still below the belt. Turned out the growth wasn't scabies or eczema like he'd assumed for so long, nor was it some gruesome reaction to the garbage dope he’d been stuffing in his veins.
Carp kept losing weight and couldn't figure out what was wasting him. He avoided the clinic for ages, averse to being naked around an official stranger, to having his slack gray flesh felt up under bright exam lights, like those depressing old pornos set in a doctor's office.

"C'mon, sweetheart, talk dirty to me..."

No explicit language warning required this time.

I'm doing another reading soon, in just over 3 weeks at a great little bar called The Painted Lady. Of course I'm already nervous but, as usual, my strategy is to rehearse the pants off the stuff and draw inspiration from all those who stand on the stage behind me while I perform.

I mean my beloved dead and my beloved living, my favorite authors, painters, dancers, musicians, photographers and so on, all the free-range boho lunatics I adore, both infamous and obscure. I feel like I represent them and must not let down the side.

"C'mon, sweetheart, talk dirty to me..."

When

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:00pm

Where

The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON
M6J 2Z9

Details

Tightrope Books presents..."C'mon, sweetheart, talk dirty to me..."- a solo show with Basil Papademos.

With readings from How to Murder Your Children for Fun + Profit, The Straight Life and his new novel, Mount Royal (coming soon from Tightrope Books).

More info: thepaintedlady.ca.

Check out Basil on Open Book: http://www.openbooktoronto.com...

Location

The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9 43° 38' 53.16" N, 79° 25' 6.6" W

HOW TO MURDER YOUR CHILDREN FOR FUN + PROFIT, PART 5

WARNING: This entry contains explicit language. Please keep your own counsel.

As our last episode drew to a close, Opium, Suzie and myself were racing up to Oshawa (formerly “Home of GM Canada”) for a one-hour call. Adding some real ass-kickin’ insult to injury, Ralph the brain-dead dispatcher, insists the girls both go to the door so the ‘client’ can choose which one he wants. As all three of us had screamed at Ralph, it’s bad business practice, giving the trick the impression the women aren’t all busy, that they’re begging for trade.

HOW TO MURDER YOUR CHILDREN FOR FUN + PROFIT, PART 4

WARNING: This entry contains explicit language. Please keep your own counsel.

In Part 3 of How To Murder Your Children For Fun + Profit, one of the escorts - Naomi, had been going on about her dream of destiny, while Lynn, the other woman I’d been squiring around that evening was in servicing a john. Naomi’s heart-felt admission went like this: “I believe this stage of my life is almost finished and I will soon go to the United States where I'll meet a very rich man who will make me a big star - I mean huge.”

STEPHEN HARPER + THE IRONIC HAIR-DO

WARNING: The following is satire and does not refer to any specific person or persons, living, dead or otherwise. This entry also contains explicit language so please keep your own counsel.

This could be a book review and maybe it is - of an imaginary book dying to be written, a kind of unconsummated e-book, floating out there in the ether, waiting for the correct set of ones and zeros to form themselves into a sensible binary configuration. Perhaps it’s among the 100 books author Yann Martel sent to this fine nation’s Prime Minister every two weeks until packing it in not long ago when he realized the PM (Pello Mentula) prefers “mysteries.”

HOW TO MURDER YOUR CHILDREN FOR FUN + PROFIT, PART 3

WARNING: This entry contains explicit language. Please keep your own counsel.

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WRITERS AS LIARS: EXPERIENCE + IMAGINATION

Do authors have the right to entirely imagine a story, even if they haven't personally experienced anything to do with the subject? Of course they do. Will it have anything to do with the truth? Well, that depends on what kind of truth we're talking about - factual, poetic, assumed, imagined or some other kind. It's the reader who ultimately decides...

I saw a video on openbooktoronto.com recently, a poet reading about the terror of drowning while a couple of musicians quietly played an accompaniment of jazz. The reading was grim and powerful.

HOW TO MURDER YOUR CHILDREN FOR FUN + PROFIT - Part 1

The following is the first in a short series about my experiences as a driver/minder for a low level escort agency in Toronto.

WARNING: This post contains profanity. Please keep your own counsel.

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Excerpt from novel-in-progress The Straight Life

I'm working on two novels at the moment. The idea is to try and satisfy two very different desires, rather than attempting to shoe-horn widely disparate ideas into one manuscript. I'd recently posted an excerpt from Thracian Tales. This time I've posted an excerpt from the other thing I'm working on, The Straight Life. It's a madcap satire 'about' an 'illiterate goombah' becoming a celebrated literary lion due to the Machiavellian machinations of his agent, the redoubtable Jacqueline Dragomine. Hopefully, you'll find it fun to read. It is pretty rough at the moment, a bunch of scenes still requiring lots of re-writes and dovetailing but it's beginning to form into something. What exactly - hard to tell at this stage.

Excerpt from novel-in-progress Thracian Tales

I finished writing my novel Mount Royal last fall and Tightrope Books will be publishing it next spring. Since I can no longer obsessively tinker with that manuscript, I'm now working on two other novels, Thracian Tales and The Straight Life.

The Straight Life is in an early 2nd draft stage. It's an off-the-wall satire; Political, cultural, sexual and whatever else - an outlet for certain kinds of madhouse writing.

Thracian Tales is further along at about four-and-a-half drafts. The novel is largely set in that region of southeastern Europe my forebears hail from. I began going to Thrace at age nine and returned every year till 14, mostly staying in my mother’s village, Sahldyk (Lavara in Greek) and my father’s nearby town, Soufli.

Douglas Coupland + the Great Canadian Genocide

Last night I heard Douglas Coupland reading on the CBC Radio program, Ideas. Christ, was it ever pretentious. The title escapes me at the moment, something to do with Daffy Duck and looking out a hole or in a hole - very culturally referential and all that. From what I gathered, it's about a post-apocalyptic world of some sort. Coupland has this really annoying cadence to his voice that didn't vary character to character. They all came across as ciphers - making these long and quippy allegorical statements while doing things like blasting somebody with a shotgun.

Mount Royal reading at The Painted Lady Mar 28/11

A few nights ago I did a reading at The Painted Lady, along with a couple of other Tightrope Books authors, Myna Wallin and Heather J. Wood. A few people who didn't make it out have asked me to post the material I'd read. So here it is, more or less recreated from this past Monday night, March 28/11...

Orally Gifted & The Painted Lady...

Last night's reading at The Painted Lady turned out to be a real success. The place was crowded and the audience seemed to have a great time. Thanks to my fellow authors, Heather J. Wood and Myna Wallin. In an impromptu piece of fancy footwork, Heather, her boyfriend Kurt and Tightrope Books publisher Halli Villegas read from Myna's new novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar since Myna has laryngitis and could barely speak at a whisper. The three of them reading from Confessions gave the work a nice, theatrical quality.
Heather J. Wood read some earlier work, then passages from her 2009 Tightrope Books novel, Fortune Cookie, along with a section from her forthcoming Tightrope novel, Roll With It.

Nervous as a virgin at an orgy...

Okay, this is it. Tonight I'll be joining Myna Wallin and Heather J. Wood to do a reading at The Painted Lady, presented by our publisher, Tightrope Books. Man, am I nervous, rehearsing like a madman all day, terrified of hearing that one stifled yawn. I have nightmares about it. Then the polite applause and a few sighs of relief and you can practically hear members of the audience thinking: 'Thank god it's over...'

Infinite Jest

In memory of David Foster Wallace...

I've been reading David Foster Wallace's book Infinite Jest again lately and thought I'd write another little memorial about him, expand on the one I wrote a while ago - which seemed kind of thin.

Reading Mon Mar 28/11 - 7:30pm

Despite the tech glitch that has the below message saying No Upcoming Appearances, I'll be reading from my forthcoming novel, Mount Royal at The Painted Lady this Monday March 28th at 7:30pm. The event is called Orally Gifted and is presented by the wonderful folks at Tightrope Books. Also reading are Myna Wallin, author of the poignant and hilarious, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar and Heather J. Wood, author of the novel, Fortune Cookie and the soon-to-be-released Roll With It. So c'mon out for a few drinks and a few laughs. No grim, introspective poetry - guaranteed! For all the details, please go to:
http://www.openbooktoronto.com...

Tough Guys Are History...

I've gotten into writing poetry lately, something I thought I'd never do. I'd always been put off by what I saw as an obtuse quality in so much of the form. I'm sure it's because I had no idea how to do it properly. To make sense of the thing, I thought it more useful to write short allegories, little scenarios, incidents, self-contained and carrying their own logic. I should mention that in the below poem there are three profane words so please keep your own counsel.

I came across a war by accident.
Had no idea it was going on.
Well, it was already a police state by the time I found out about it,
those living in the place so heavily taxed they hardly raised their heads.
Everything was of course gloomy as hell,

ANOTHER TIME PERHAPS...

It was a rainy fall day in Toronto, the mid-1980's. A woman in her late 60's, early 70's maybe, she was sitting in the second-hand bookstore that used to be on the northeast corner of Queen and Augusta. The woman eyed me through the front window as I walked past. I did a double take then turned on my heel like a fishhook had snagged my cheek. She was alone in the store. Without any hair-dye or make-up, wearing a pilly old sweater and out of fashion jeans, running shoes - one of them untied, she twirled a pink flower in her fingers and wagged side to side a little in a battered office chair.

Reading aloud...

I've been busy as a one-armed paper-hanger lately, as the old expression goes. Mostly I've been rehearsing the hell out of the stuff I'm going to read this Monday night at The Painted Lady.
Of course, I'm nervous as hell, always terrified of causing a single yawn. The way I figure it, I owe the audience a great deal for making the effort to come out and hear me. No, they're not paying money but they are paying the most valuable thing they own - their time, their precious time, willing to spend what they will never ever get back.

Tightrope Books presents... ORALLY GIFTED

When

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:30pm

Where

The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON
M6J 2Z9

Details

Tightrope Books presents.."Orally Gifted", with readings by three great authors:

Myna Wallin, author of Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar (Tightrope Books 2010).

Heather Wood, author of Fortune Cookie (Tightrope Books 2009).

Basil Papademos, author of Mount Royal (Tightrope Books 2012).

No cover! For more information, please see www.thepaintedlady.ca.

Location

The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9 43° 38' 53.16" N, 79° 25' 6.6" W
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