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October 1, 2007
VOL. 8, Issue 4

October 1, 2007
At Cervantes Restaurant, 211 Hunter Street, West, Peterborough, 8:00pm

Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett is the author of the novel After Battersea Park (Raincoast, 2001), a collection of poetry, Here is my street, this tree I planted (ECW Press, 2004), and a collection of short stories, Verandah People (Raincoast, 2003), which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Jonathan’s writing has appeared in many periodicals and journals including: the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, and Descant. He teaches writing at Trent university. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jonathan now lives and writes in Peterborough, Ontario.

Leanna Brodie
Leanna Brodie is an actor and writer whose plays include For Home and Country, The Vic, and Schoolhouse, as well as the CBC radio dramas Invisible City and Seeds of Our Destruction. She is currently translating Philippe Soldevila's Conte de la lune for Thêâtre les Confettis, and has been commissioned by Tapestry New Opera Works to write the libretti for The Translator with composer David Ogborn and She sees her lover in the light of morning with Craig Galbraith. Schoolhouse, which was a critical and popular success at the Blyth Festival in 2006, will be produced by the 4th Line Theatre in 2007.

Tim Etherington
Tim Etherington is a Peterborough writer and teacher. He has read, published and performed his poetry, short stories and plays in dozens of places you have never heard of.

Jessica Westhead
Jessica Westhead is a Toronto writer who has published stories in litmags such as The Antigonish Review, Matrix, This Magazine, Geist, Taddle Creek, Forget Magazine, Word and Kiss Machine. Her fiction was included in the anthology Desire, Doom & Vice: A Canadian Collection, and her short-story chapbook, Those Girls, was published by Greenboathouse Books in 2006. Pulpy and Midge, her first novel, is published this fall by Coach House Books.

Pulpy and Midge features Brian Lembeck – "Pulpy" – who takes life slow and steady. He likes his office job, and he likes his gentle, figurine-collecting boss, Al. He even likes the bitter receptionist, though he's the only one who does. He likes his wife, Midge, too, and their ice-dancing lessons. Midge works as a candle-party hostess – she quit her office job when Al's dog ate her pet pigeon and Al promised Pulpy a promotion.

But when Al retires and the tyrannical Dan takes over, the promotion vanishes. And then Dan's oversexed wife, Beatrice, takes a shine to Pulpy, and Dan starts to think Midge is one hot tamale. Soon, the receptionist is smitten with Pulpy, Midge can't get rid of Dan and Beatrice, and Pulpy's job is in jeopardy. For once, Pulpy just might have to take a stand.


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