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News Aug. 6, 2008

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Hi Folks,

We have so many great writers and events to bring you this year that we have to start a month early to fit them all in. So pull out your day planners and mark off these dates and come on out to some great readings, book-launches and special events.

* Tues, August 19 - Dog Days Open Mic at the Pig's Ear Tavern
* Thurs, August 28 - Blasted! Book Launch with author Kate Story
* Tues, Sept 30 - The 20 Minute Word Project for Artsweek
* Regular Season begins Monday, October 6 at the Gordon Best


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* Tues, August 19 - Dog Days Open Mic at the Pig's Ear Tavern
Vol. 9, Issue 1

The Pig's Ear Tavern, 144 Brock Street, 8pm on the patio, admission by donation
It's the always welcoming, usually goofy, annual open mic with hot dogs and beer.

Hosted by the dynamic Em Glasspool and Ryan Kerr in fine dog-days form, this friendly event is a great way to spend a sultry summer evening.

Come on out with a page or three of your favourite summer time writing, have a dog and a beer, read to the lazy August crowd and enjoy all that the dog days of August have to offer.


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* Thurs, August 28 - Blasted! Book Launch with author Kate Story
Vol. 9, Issue 2

Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street, 8pm, free


Writer, performer, and choreographer Kate Story was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in a house built by her great great grandfather beneath the Southside Hill. Her short fiction has been published in magazines including Broken Pencil Magazine, Kiss Machine, and the Cooked and Eaten Takeout anthology (and upcoming in B.P.'s best fiction anthology, ECW Press 2009). Her written performance works have been produced as plays, performance art, and theatre-dance productions in Ontario (Toronto, Peterborough) and Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s). She has been twice nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Artist Award. Blasted is her first novel.

Blasted is the story of Ruby Jones: irreverent, exuberant, and troubled. Lurching between love affairs and cities, she is haunted by mysteries that surround her father and generations before. Steeped in Newfoundland folklore, Blasted mines a rich vein of experience, layering the mundane and the magical, evoking the forces that inhabit the land. The narrative shifts between generations and geographies, between contemporary life and stories as old as the Hill that looms over Ruby’s birthplace. Vivid characters surround her: her irascible grandfather, elegant Cree artist Blue, her whiskey-slugging Aunt Queenie, and others, sinister and unexplained. When Ruby unravels at last, she must face the demons that pursue her.


“Kate Story’s debut novel is an unlikely marriage of Newfoundland’s oldest traditional lore with the contemporary urban world of St. John’s and Toronto. The result is raw and strange and hilarious and affecting.  Ruby Jones—itinerant waitress, sometime nude model, budding alcoholic—admits early on that tenderness and rage are her ‘heart language.’ Blasted offers both in spades.”
- Michael Crummey

“I am as delighted as other readers will be with this young Newfoundland writer. With talent and patience Kate Story has unearthed another of the many mysteries hidden within the Southside Hills.”          
- Bernice Morgan

“In Blasted, Kate Story pulls her readers into the vivid and chaotic world of young Ruby Jones, a fairy-led Newfoundlander with inner demons to slay both in southside St. John's and Queen Street Toronto. An irresistible debut novel.”
 - Anne Hart

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* Tues, Sept 30 - The 20 Minute Word Project for Artsweek
Vol. 9, Issue 3

The Spill, 414 George Street North, 8pm, $5 or PWYC

The 20 Minute Word Project is our annual feast of short order writing.

The secret ingredient: a sentence randomly selected from a pot full of suggestions
provided by audience members.

A panel of six writers have to prep, fry and serve up a satisfying, rib-sticking meal of a story within 20 minutes.

Each writer then serves their writing to the assmbled crowd and the winner is chosen by show of applause. The winner receives accolades, the pride of knowing they can write well under ridiculous pressure and fun prizes.

Come on out, contribute a sentence. The author of the winning sentence receives a prize as well as having their words immortalized by a talented Peterborough writer.

This is a favourite annual Cooked and Eaten event and definitely not to be missed.

With support from Artsweek Peterborough.

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* Regular Season begins Monday, October 6 at the Gordon Best
Vol. 9, Issues 4-14


We have an exciting season planned with some fantastic writers from all over Ontario and beyond. For more details on the events go to the full schedule.

Check it out and make plans to be there.

* October 6, 2008
Jean Rae Baxter, Catherine Graham, Nauni Parkinson, Kent Thompson
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* October 9, 2008
Ursula Pflug Book Launch for After the Fires
Catalina's Hair Salon, 131 Hunter Street West, 6:30 pm

* November, 2008
Ursula Pflug intensive three day writers' workshop
location: TBA

* November 3, 2008
Sara Joan Berniker, Rozena Maart, Vusi Moloi, Elaine Kalman Naves
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* December 1, 2008
R.D. Roy, Munroe Scott, Andrew Steinmetz, Bill Templeman
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* January 5, 2009
Nicole Bauberger, Allan Briesmaster, Susan Dyment, John Miller
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* February 2, 2009
Jane Bow, David Clink, Rocco de Giacomo, Luciano Iacobelli
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* March 2, 2009
Paul Haines, Stephen Stamp, PJ Thomas, Mary Tilberg
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* April 17, 2009
Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon
All over Canada and specifically, right where you are

* May 4, 2009
Karen Connelly, Jeanette Lynes, Carmine Starnino, JC Sutcliffe
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West, 8pm

* June 1, 2009
Lolette Kuby, Paul Mason, Carmelo Militano, Deborah Stiles
Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street West , 8pm


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