hey kids, have you seen all the great literary events coming up in the next wee while in Ottawa. just looking at poetry alone…on Tuesday, November 13, the Tree Reading Series hosts Oana Avasillichioaei & Glen Downie. having enjoyed Oana's collaborative book with Erín Moure, Expeditions of a Chimera & her commentary on experimental writing over at Jacket 2, I am particularly excited about hearing her read in person for the first time. I haven't heard of Glen Downie, but am always interested to hear a voice new to me.
Thursday, November 15 marks the start of a Factory Reading Series /above/ground press/ SPAN-O (in other words all activities under the impetus of rob mclennan) three-day marathon of events, starting with talks by Cameron Anstee, Stephen Brockwell, Pearl Pirie at this fundraiser for the wondrous annual poetry festival VERSeFest, Mercury Lounge, 7:30pm - $10.
Apparently the renowned poet Paul Muldoon is also reading at Carleton that night for the annual Munro-Beattie lecture http://www2.carleton.ca/english/cu-events/2012-munro-beattie-lecture-paul-muldoon-robert-frosts-design. I shall miss because science has not been able to clone me yet. probably a good thing.
on Friday, November 16 there's the ottawa small press book fair's pre-reading with Rachael Simpson, David Blaikie, Christian McPherson, Michael Lithgow.
Saturday, November 17 is the ottawa small press book fair, a fabulous full day of small press & indie author goodness. followed by the James St. Feed Co post-mortem. always a good time.
on Sunday, November 18 there's the Dusty Owl at the Elmdale Tavern at 3pm with fiction by Spencer Gordon & poetry by Mark Goldstein.I've left off a host of other events, including the Storytelling Festival, which is on next week & the Plan 99 Reading Series which has a fiction event this Saturday. madness. get thee to a reading, signing, book fair, lecture this coming week. if you see me, buy me a drink (i can handle a half pint of Guinness or a wee glass of good red wine). how else am I supposed to know whether you're reading?
obviously you should check out the events calendar at Bywords.ca. right now.