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News from Draft Authors

*Authors who have read at Draft and take part in our mailing list are welcome to submit news.*

June to October 2017

  • Terri Favro will be reading from her newly released novel, Once Upon a Time in West Toronto, at the Wonderful Women Writers series at OISE, 252 Bloor West, Room 2-279, Monday October 23rd, 5:15. The event also features writers Karen Connelly, Kelli Deeth and Kate Taylor.
  • Terri Favro will also be reading from and talking about her science fiction novel, Sputnik’s Children, which she read from last year at Draft, as part of Windsor BookFest, October 20 – 22. She’ll be part of a panel called “Horror and Magic” on the evening of the 20th.
  • Sally Cooper’s collection of stories, Smells Like Heaven, was published by ARP Books in June. “Set in the fictional town of Fletcher, the connected stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Fletcher is a town the characters strive to escape, but keep returning to, as they stumble through life searching for ways to connect and transcend their claustrophobic pasts.”
  • Catherin Graham has debuted her new book of poetry, The Celery Forest, published by Wolsak and Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Daley on his new novel, Resort! Join him, Liz Howard, Chris Chambers, and host Conan Tobias, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Monarch Tavern at 7:30pm to celebrate. They have promised fabulous door prizes, books for sale, and booze!
  • If Jessica Westhead‘s new short story collection, Things Not To Do, newly published by Cormorant Books, is half as funny as her previous And Also Sharks, we’re all in for a treat.
  • Is Faye Guenther‘s new chapbook called Flood Lands with a bike on its cover about Toronto Island’s water-logged summer of 2017? Maybe not, unless Faye Guenther was having psychic visions back in May 2017, but I guess we will all have to read and find out just how prescient this chapbook from Junction Books was.
  • Ronna Bloom and Pedlar Press recently launched Bloom’s new book of poetry The More, which “tests its music on the wards of a hospital […] while circling a shadow theme of disappearance.”
  • Congratulations to Suzanne Alyssa Andrew whose latest short story, “Evidence,” about a crime that happens at a band’s last show, earned second prize in the LitPop 2017 Awards hosted by Matrix Magazine!
  • Deniz Başar is co-organizing a seminar “Potentials for Resistance: Performance and The Ephemeral in The Public Sphere,” to take place between March 29 and April 1, 2018 at the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual conference at UCLA

May 2017

Catherine Graham will be launching her debut novel, “Quarry” (Two Wolves Press), on Thursday, June 1st , 7 pm at the Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue, just south of Bloor Street West, Toronto. The launch is a partnership between Two Wolves Press and Toronto Lit Up. http://ifoa.org/events/toronto-lit-catherine-graham

There will be a book launch and party for Hidden Brook Press, including Kathleen Whelan’s Things I Will Tell You When I am Dead”, Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 2:30pm at Supermarket, 268 Augusta.

The launch for “The Slip” by Mark Sampson will be at Ben McNally Books on May 31st from 6 to 7:30pm.

April 2017

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew has created an author’s guide to publicity and promotion from The Writers Union of Canada

The launch party for Terri Favro’s book, “Sputnik’s Children” (ECW), will be at Bar Italia, May 4th from 7-9pm.

Ron Schafrick‘s story “Brother” was recently published and is out now in the latest issue of The Nashwaak Review (Volume 36/37). Also, his story “Two Friends” was recently accepted for publication by Plenitude Magazine, Canada’s queer literary magazine, and should be out in time for Pride in June.

March 2017

Mark Sampson will publish his third novel, “The Slip”, on May 20th with Dundurn. The book tells the story of a high profile University of Toronto philosophy professor who makes some horrendous comments during a live televised debate, and how the ensuing social media fallout causes issues to arise in his marriage to his much younger wife.

There’s a new article on our Draft blog! Read “Finding Brockton’s Writers, Audience, & Volunteers“, an interview with Farzana Doctor. You can read it at: http://draftreadings.com/articles/

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew has written a piece for Broken Pencil called “The Hustle”, about the lives of Indie artists in Toronto. She writes, “I did some research and found out the market for art, writing and music is broken.”

The Tightrope book launch for poetry including Karen Mulhallen‘s new book, as well as work by Ron Charach and Lisa Richter, will be Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30pm at Glad Day Bookshop on Church Street.

“Apocalypse One Hundred”, by Richard Scarsbrook, will be published in April! The launch will be April 25th, 7 PM at C’EST WHAT (67 Front Street East, Toronto). PLUS: Special guest appearances TBA. Hot-off-the-presses copies of the book will be available for sale by Ben McNally Books.

February 2017

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Sarah Henstra, Maria Meindl, Heidi Reimer and Carrie Snyder took part in a panel on “The Shadow Side of Success” at the Writers’ Summit last June.  Here’s the article that came from that discussion in the winter edition of The New Quarterly: https://tnq.ca/genre/non-fiction/

January 2017

Thanks to BIll Bissett for sending this along! The Secret Handshake, a peer support group for those with schizophrenia, is asking for donations. Anything over $25 will get an income tax receipt. For more information on donating, meeting times, poetry galas and art showings, please check out their website: http://www.thesecrethandshake.ca/pages/who.htm.

Check out a new article by Joshua P’ng, “Finding (Common) Ground at a (Readings Series)” on the Draft Readings website!

Karen Mulhallen has an article in Numero Cinq: “My Life in Clothes & Books, a Memoir”. You can read it here.

Congratulations to Luciano Iacobelli for the launch of his new book, “The Examined Life”, Wednesday, January 18th at Bar Italia. Also launched that evening was Brenda Clews and Rocco de Giacomo. The event was hosted by Domenico Capilongo and live music provided by Ian Burgham and friends.

Bänoo Zan launched “Letters to my Father” (Piquant Press),Tuesday, January 17th at SUPERMARKET Restaurant & Grill. The evening also included tribute readings by Jacqueline Valencia, Georgia Wilder, IF (Ian French), Charles C. Smith, Ali Ibrahimi and Michael Fraser.

December 2016

Congratulations to Kerry Clare on “Mitzi Bytes”, due out March 14th, 2017!

November 2016

Terri Favro‘s new novel “Sputnik’s Children” is officially out in April 2017 but ECW is giving readers a chance to win one of five ARCS (uncorrected galleys) by entering a Goodreads contest. Closes December 1, 2016. Nothing to buy, just click to enter and be one of the first to find out how Sputnik Chick stops WWIII.

October 2016

The second instalment of Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides is online now!

Kwai Li, Ann Elizabeth Carson, and Aparna Kaji Shah read from their work at the Wonderful Women Writers Series  (co-ordinated and hosted by Dr. Nora Gold), on October 19th at The Room.

Prize-winning author Nora Gold will read from her new novel, “The Dead Man”, at the Toronto Jewish Book Festival November 13th, 2016, 2 PM, Schwartz-Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan.

Carole Giangrande‘s short lyric essay “Goshawk” placed First in Eastern Iowa Review’s annual competition (published July 2016).

Congratulations to Rebecca Rosenblum for her novel “So Much Love“, out March 2017!

Koom Kankesan‘s “The Tamil Dream” (Quattro Books), will be out shortly!

September 2016

A version of Richard Scarsbrook’s story, “You Deserve Better! You Deserve More!“, which he read for the first time at the Draft Reading Series in 2014, is now a chapter in his novel Rockets Versus Gravity (Dundurn, September

Caitlin Galway’s short story “Bonavere Howl” was shortlisted for Exile Quarterly and Gloria Vanderbilt’s Carter V. Cooper Award! It will be published in the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology this fall.

Congratulations to Jessica Westhead on her story in Five Dials!
Read “Not Being Shy” here: http://fivedials.com/not-being-shy/

DRAFT Collective member Julia Campbell-Such, and fellow artist Carey Jernigan present “Patternmaker”! The exhibition is on now at the Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton until December 17th. For more information visit: http://wahc-museum.ca/event/patternmaker/2016-09-09

“Hanging Out Laundry in Poetry and Dance” was held September 29th at 6 Noble Street. Ann Elizabeth Carson and The Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement performed selections from Laundry Lines, A Memoir in Stories and Poems (Inanna Publications).

July/August 2016

The Love Poetry Festival, was held August 6th at St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Anglican Church on Centre Island. The event featured Karen Mulhallen, George Elliott Clarke, Robert Priest, and many others! Emcee was Michelle Alfano.

April 2016

Maria Meindl has a piece in the winter issue of Write called “Writing for (no)Reason.” It’s about how art is not necessarily therapeutic!

On Sunday, April 24 at Bar Italia, Publisher and Author, Luciano Iacobelli Presented: An Afternoon of Poetry and Music. This LyricalMyrical Book Launch featured poets Patrick Connors, Sonia de Placido, Sophie Else and Zoe Garnett.

Congratulations to Daniel Perry on the launch of Hamburger! He has a few upcoming events as well:

    • May 2, 8pm, Words at the Wise: Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor St. W.
    • May 7, 4pm, WORK @ Pages Unbound Festival: Jackman Hall, AGO
    • May 18, 7pm, Hamburger Launch Party: Victory Café, 581 Markham St.

April 2016

Karen Mulhallen’s poems appeared in the March edition of Numero Cinq Magazine

The book launch for Nora Gold‘s The Dead Man has been announced! Come out to the Women’s Art Association of Canada (23 Prince Arthur Ave.), on May 5th at 6pm to celebrate. More info at http://www.inanna.ca.