Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Tons o' stuff Tuesday

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I must be in Toronto. Lookit all the book-stuff going on tonight! How will you decide?


Mansfield Press celebrates the launch of its fall poetry titles by Christopher Doda, Lillian Necakov and Steve Venright with a reading and billiards party!

Tuesday, November 20, from 6:30 till late.
The Rivoli Pool Hall, 334 Queen West

Readings at 7:30. Pool tables on the press till 10.
Door prizes, munchies, and cash bar.

Your host: Denis De Klerck, Mansfield publisher and editor Your emcee: Stuart Ross, Mansfield associate editor

Your authors:

Christopher Doda - Aesthetics Lesson
Lillian Necakov - The Bone Broker
Steve Venright - Floors of Enduring Beauty

We'd love to see you there!

As well as being an author, Steve Venright is a visual and sound artist whose Torpor Vigil Industries record label has released such remarkable CDs as Songs of Elsewhere by Samuel Andreyev and an album of spoken dreams called The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor. He was born in Sarnia in
1961 and now resides in a large consensual reality domain called Toronto, Ontario.

With his first full-length work since the acclaimed Spiral Agitator (2000), Steve Venright sails even further out onto uncharted literary waters. Floors of Enduring Beauty is laden with delirious extended prose poems, distorted philosophical musings, elaborate advice for instant gratification, a spoonerist narrative that rollicks on the high seas and other products of Venright_s ecstatic, hilarious and sometimes downright rude vision. It_s Baudelaire meets Lewis Carroll meets Monty Python‹and it_s unlike anything else in Canadian literature.

"Steve Venright proves that Spiral Agitator, one of the most exciting books of Canadian poetry in recent memory, was no fluke, and that his is one of the most fascinating careers in contemporary Canadian poetry."
- Books in Canada

Lillian Necakov was born in Belgrade, (former) Yugoslavia, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of Polaroids (1997) and Hat Trick (1998), among others. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines in the USA, Europe, China and Canada, including Surreal Estate: 13 Candadian Poets Under the Influence (2004).

In The Bone Broker, Lillian Necakov steps into the operating room of human history to take the pulse of a troubled world. This is visceral poetry that bears witness to a _landscape haunted by centuries of rage,_ in which the drama of public life takes a personal toll on those who are _infected with the ceremony of war._ Necakov_s montage of startling imagery is a powerful antidote to indifference and an elegaic testament to the elements of the human condition that once made us whole.

"Stretched between a need to be engaged in decoding the outside world and keeping herself in the protected lyrical tower within, Lillian Necakov gives birth to a beautiful book of poems. Her strength is condensed in small metaphorical forms and powerful ideas."
- Goran Simic, author of Immigrant Blues and From Sarajevo, with Sorrow.

Christopher Doda is a poet and an award-winning critic living in Toronto.
His first book of poems, Among Ruins (2001), was released by Mansfield Press; he is an editor at Exile: The Literary Quarterly.

Ranging in form from elegy to satire to metaphysics to blues, Christopher Doda_s latest book, Aesthetics Lesson, is an exciting meditation on art and power. His poems investigate the Œunnamed cities of light_ created by the artist, reflecting and dissecting how the creative impulse can lead to both solace and destruction. Centred around the title piece, a crown of self-generating glosas that examine the role of the artist in our mechanized and digitized society, Aesthetics Lesson offers a potent landscape not easily forgotten. Love and anger, rage and compassion burst and oscillate as Doda looks to the past and future to document Œhalf-lives trembling on the lip of time._ Doda_s gift is to challenge notions of progress and change and to take an unflinching look at the curious and dangerous metamorphosis of the human spirit.



The Art Bar Poetry Series
Tuesday November 20

Brendan McLeod
As a spoken word artist Brendan McLeod has been Vancouver's Grand SLAM Poetry Champion (2005) and the Canadian SLAM Poetry Champion (2004) and finished 2nd at the 2004 World SLAM Championships, held in Holland. His video/audio can be found at He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and currently lives in Vancouver.

Sue Chenette
Sue Chenette is a poet and pianist who grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in Canada since 1972. Her chapbook, The Time Between Us, won the
2001 Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award. A second chapbook, A Transport of Grief, was published in 2007 by LyricalMyrical Press. She will be celebrating her newest chapbook, Solitude in Cloud and Sun. "I chose the paper, printed, cropped, and stitched the books by hand, my goal being not just a book of poems, but a beautiful made object."

Celia Ferrier
Celia Ferrier is an emerging poet who has studied writing at the Banff Centre, Humber School For Writers, and Ryerson University. Her poetry was included in Calling Cards: New Poetry from Caribbean/Canadian Women (Sandberry Press).

plus an open mic!

Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West (Christie Subway), 8pm sharp free (the hat is passed for donations) More info:


Tuesday, November 20
The Plasticine Poetry Series presents Phlip Arima, Lara Bozabalian, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Myna Wallin, plus an Open Mic. Hosted by Cathy Petch. The Central, 603 Markham St., 8pm, PWYC,

AN EVENING OF WOMEN'S STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY ______________________________________________________________

November 20, 2007, 7pm
An Evening of Women's Storytelling and Spirituality The Gladstone Hotel's Art Bar
1214 Queen Street West
Free Admission

Join timeless books for an evening of storytelling and music as we host author of The Glass Seed, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Pearkes, along with Joanna Manning (author of The Magdalene Moment) and Sue Kenney (author of My Camino), will be reading from their books and talking about the role of spirituality and feminism in the movement towards inner understanding and global peace. Castlemusic will provide musical entertainment.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes is the author of two full-length books, several anthologized essays, a regular ascent magazine writer. Her writing explores her interests in art, beauty, spirituality and cultural history. She lives in Nelson, BC and is the mother of two teenaged sons.

Joanna Manning is an award-winning writer and educator. She is a member of Religion Counts, an NGO at the United Nations that advocates a more inclusive and holistic approach to global spirituality, and an honorary member of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.

Sue Kenney is a pilgrim, author, speaker, workshop designer and coach.
Sue's life work is based on a philosophy that core leadership skills begin with awareness, love, compassion, discipline, humility, grace and simplicity.

For more information contact, call 416-644-1030, or visit

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