Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gary Geddes, Bruce Rice and Byrna Barclay

After this afternoon's great discussion about writing and the writer's role as a (perhaps only ever partial and often wrong) witness, three writers discuss books... Byrna Barclay, right, points out that the book she's holding, What Does a House Want, was written by Gary Geddes, centre. Event host Bruce Rice is on left.

Bruce Rice, Gary Geddes and Byrna Barclay 

(Note to self: Bring a real camera to readings/events, not an ageing phone...) 


A Great Weekend of Readings and Talking About Writing

Monday's Vertigo Reading Series features writers Gary Geddes, Bruce Rice, Byrna Barclay, and Jim McLean, with music by Troy Bleich. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at Craves, in Regina.

And, on Sunday, Sept. 14. 2014 — that's today! — at 2 p.m., Gary Geddes will be speaking at the Regina Public Library main branch on "The Writer as Witness."

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, criticism, translation, and anthologies, and won a dozen national and international literary awards, is in Regina to launch his new collection, What Does a House Want? (Red Hen Press).
What Does A House Want? is a tongue in the ear and a red-hot needle to the conscience, full of poems in Gary Geddes’s “brilliantly polished, cinematographic, white-knuckled style” (Montreal Gazette).
I'm looking forward to this!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dave Margoshes Launches Wiseman's Wager

The fall book launch season has begun in Regina, with Dave Margoshes's new novel, Wiseman's Wager (Coteau Books).

Dave Margoshes tells readers and friends about Wiseman's Wager.  ©SB

This, from Coteau, on Margoshes's new Wager:
Through the streets of Strike-era Winnipeg, Toronto during the Depression, and the 1980s Calgary of Zan’s new life, Dave Margoshes’s compellingly unreliable narrator treats the reader to a magnificent meditation on aging, family ties, faith, and the liquid concept of the truth.
Dave Margoshes, signing my copy of Wiseman's Wager.  © SB

The launch was held at Tony Roma's in Regina, with good food and great stories offered with Dave's typical deadpan humour. A fine evening, for a fine book from my former writing mentor. 

(And okay, Dave — you wanted a picture... I'll send you these and two more.) 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Regina Writer Linda Biasotto Launches Sweet Life

Spring is launch season for books in Saskatchewan, and it was great to be there when Regina writer Linda Biasotto launched her new novel, Sweet Life (Coteau Books).

Linda Biasotto signs a copy of her new novel, Sweet Life, with her husband, Mario. 
Linda Biasotto reads from her new novel, Sweet Life. 
Byrna Barclay introduces Linda Biasotto. 

The sweet, Sweet Life cake,
decorated with a photo of the book cover. 

The launch was held in a private room at Tony Roma's in Regina, and featured words, music, wine and cake. (And I had a chance to get my copy of Linda's novel, and check out the photo I took of her on the back page...)  

Congrats, Linda! (And I know your next book is also on the way!)


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

dee Hobsbawn-Smith launches Wildness Rushing In

Also in mid-May, Saskatoon writer dee Hobsbawn-Smith launched her first poetry collection at the Unitarian Centre in Regina. at a reading shared with other Hagios Press authors, Sean Arthur Joyce and Vangie Bergum. 

Congrats, dee! It was great to see you and hear sections from your book (and see how the author photo I took for you looks on the back page...)! 

dee Hobsbawn-Smith, with her new book,
Wildness Rushing In  
dee Hobsbawn-Smith reading at the Unitarian Centre.
(Anyone - other than me - recognize the fellow at right?).   


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Trevor Herriot launches The Road is How in Regina

And now, a couple of pictures from Trevor Herriot's Regina launch of his new book, The Road is How (HarperCollins). The launch was held May 15 in the auditorium at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. The room was filled to capacity with readers, naturalists and friends — and it was the most fun I've ever had in that hall!* 

Trevor Herriot reads from
The Road is How 
The launch included a slide show and discussion between Trevor Herriot
and photographer Dennis J. Evans, at right, above.  

* The museum auditorium was sometimes used for ponderous presentations by my former employer, and it's also where I often got my flu shot in those days.... But it was a true delight to go there to hear Trevor read! 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two Great Readings in Regina - May 15

Two great readings and launches will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, this evening, with writers Trevor Herriot (The Road is How), and dee Hobsbawn-Smith (Wildness Rushing ), Sean Arthur Joyce (Laying the Children's Ghosts to Rest) and Vangie Bergum (Downstream).

Trevor Herriot's launch, with HarperCollins, starts the evening at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum at 7:00 p.m. (Readings start at 7:30 p.m.)

Then, at 8:30 p.m., the Hagios Press launch for dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Sean Arthur Joyce and Vangie Bergum starts at the nearby Unitarian Centre, a short walk across Albert Street in Cathedral, on College Drive.

Both presses and groups of writers are coordinating to ensure a fabulous literary evening for all!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Brenda Baker Launches Camp Outlook

On Thursday in Regina, Saskatoon writer and singer Brenda Baker launched her new Young Adult novel, Camp Outlook (Second Story Press) at Chapters.

There was a good turn-out — more chairs had to be found, and several people were left standing while Brenda read. It's a rare treat to hear a live reading by an accomplished performer! And yes, there was singing, too. And laughter... And food. And best of all, a great story.

Brenda Baker 

Brenda Baker is also the author of The Maleness of God, an award-winning collection of short stories published by Coteau Press. An early version of Camp Outlook was awarded a John V Hicks Manuscript Award from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild in 2005.

(Note: Brenda offers coaching to help writers read their work more effectively in public. Seriously. I've taken workshops with her — she is excellent!)

Congrats and thanks for an entertaining evening, Brenda!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Jan Zwicky Reads in Regina, SK, on May 11

Poet, philosopher, musician, essayist — and great writer and teacher — Jan Zwicky will read in Regina on May 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Creative City Centre, 1843 Hamilton Avenue. 

Jan Zwicky, winner of Canada's Governor General's Literary Award, is in Saskatchewan this week to lead the Spring Poetry Colloquium at the Sage Hill Writing Experience, held in Lumsden.

Regina poet Bruce Rice, who recently launched his latest collection, The Trouble with Beauty, will also be reading.

This will be a truly memorable event!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sage Hill Keynote Address with Chandra Mayor in Regina

Award-winning author Chandra Mayor (All the Pretty Girls, Cherry, August Witch) will deliver the Sage Hill Writing Experience's Robert Kroestch Spring Keynote Address in Regina next week.

Time and Date: May 11, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

Location: The Creative City Centre, 1843 Hamilton St., Regina, Saskatchewan.

Chandra Mayor to deliver Kroestch Keynote

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