Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

MELODRAMZ: A Night of Contrivances

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Contrivances by David Balzer

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 8:00pm


The White House Studio Project
277.5 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5T 2M1


MELODRAMZ: A Night of Contrivances honours all manner of lavish gestures, flamboyant dress and states of distress in celebration of the launch of Toronto-based writer David Balzer’s new e-book of short stories, Contrivances (Joyland/ECW Press). This debut collection of stories — featuring a talk-show host and her talking hand, a women’s activity group that writes to prisoners, and a poncho-making nudist — is as unique as it is compelling. Set in their own melodramatic worlds, the stories take inspiration from Old Hollywood, Gothic novels, art-world gossip and maybe a Lifetime movie or two. David's observations are as sharp as Flaubert’s, and his characters are drawn with the complexity of George Saunders (and the wit of George Sanders). Beautifully illustrated throughout, Contrivances proves that tragedy is comedy when you play with it long enough.

The launch is marked by a one-night-only exhibition featuring artwork from and related to the book by:

Derek Aubichon
Marcel Dzama
Alison Fleming
Alexandra Flood
Oliver Husain
Sholem Krishtalka
Vanessa Rieger
Emily Stoddart
Janet Werner
Margaux Williamson

Throughout the evening, there will be short readings—in drag—by Lauren Bride, Sean O’Neill, Liz Peterson, Bojana Stancic, Regina the Gentlelady and more.

After the readings, dance your red shoes off with DJs Kevin Ritchie (Big Primpin), Luis Jacob (Love Saves the Day) and Reeraw (Sheroes)—who curates and projects a unique array of gifs pertaining to the book by:

Helen Adamidou
Gaby Cepeda
Manuel Fernández
Tony Halmos
Georges Jacotey
Rollin Leonard
Grace McEvoy
Sally McKay
Rea McNamara
Lorna Mills
Chiara Passa
Yoshi Sodeoka
Giselle Zatonyl

Admission is $8 and includes a copy of Contrivances, downloadable through a beautiful, QR-coded postcard.


The White House Studio Project
277.5 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2M1 43° 39' 21.024" N, 79° 24' 8.838" W

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