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Events: International Aphorisms Conference

March 1, 2017

“Hot on the heels” of my first book of aphorisms (2010’s Glimpse), my second book of aphorisms, Quick, should be back from the printer soon, and some events around its launch are started to get nailed down. The first will be on April 1 in Hartford, CT, where I’ll be speaking at the first international conference on the aphorism along with James Geary, Sharon Dolin, and Alfred Corn. After that, I’ll be in NYC to speak to some groups of young folk and then off to Toronto where ECW will launch the book at 7pm on April 6 at the Dora Keough. More information on the April 1 conference below.

APHORISMS: A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP ON SHORT WRITINGS  

Saturday April 1, 2017, 10am to 4:30pm

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford CT

Opening talk—JAMES GEARY

Celebrate the art of the aphorism with James Geary: His presentation will explore the witty power of aphorisms in literature and daily life through the lively juggling of words & ideas. Geary is the foremost contemporary authority on the aphorism.

Presentations by three contemporary aphorists—

 Alfred Corn: Concision, Concentration, Poetry 

Sharon Dolin: Sequencing the Whole Fragment

George Murray: The Aphorist as Undertaker

Aphorism Workshop

Starting at 1:45 pm, James Geary will lead an interactive workshop on how to write aphorisms.

Group Reading

3:30 pm, conference participants will have the opportunity to read their original aphorisms. Followed by a Q&A with the contemporary aphorists.

Conference is Free. RSVP by March 25 to — Jim Finnegan (jforjames@aol.com)

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Reading: SPARKS

January 29, 2016

I’ll be reading this Sunday at SPARKS Literary Festival at Memorial University. Lots of great authors, but I’m in the last slot of the day with Sharon Bala, Robert Chafe and Heather O’Neill. Book signings, etc. Come see!

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Readings: Toronto, Kingston, Montreal

November 13, 2015

I’ll be leaving tomorrow for Toronto, where I’ll be reading at Jay and Hazel Millar’s awesome HIJ reading series on Sunday. After that, I’ll be in Kingston for a reading and talk at Queen’s University. On Tuesday I’ll be at Concordia in Montreal for a crack at the Writer’s Read series there (which has a daunting list of previous readers). Fun times. After that, I get to stop touring this book and maybe sometime in the future think about writing again. Wouldn’t that be nice?

HIJ Reading Series
Jeramy Dodds, Elisabeeth de Mariaffi, Karen Solie and George Murray
Sunday, Nov 15, 2pm
BookThug HQ
260 Ryding Avenue

Reading and Q&A
Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray
Monday, Nov 16, 1pm
Queen’s University
Watson Hall 517

Writers Read
Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7pm
Concordia Univeristy
John Molson School of Business, 2.130 Floating Box Room

I hope you come out to the one nearest you. My understanding is the Millars serve pie. I’ve requested blueberry. A nice way to end the book tour.

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Events: Fall Readings

September 3, 2015

This is the Fall reading schedule for me and Diversion so far.  Hope you save the date so I can see you there.

  • Winnipeg, Thin Air Festival
    Sept 23, 2:30pm, McNally Robinson, in chat with Gary Garry Thomas Morse
    Sept 23, 7:30, Mainstage, Poetry Bash
  • St.John’s, Launch
    Oct 8, 7:30pm, The Ship, Drinking games to be played
  • London, Poetry London
    Oct 14, 7:30pm, Landon Branch Library, Reading with Ricardo Sternberg
  • Toronto, ECW Launch
    Oct 19, 7:30, Location TBA
  • Toronto, Pivot Readings
    Oct 21, 8pm, The Steady Cafe, Reading with Meira Cook and Kevin Hardcastle
  • Ottawa,
    Nov 15, Time TBA, Location TBA
  • Queen’s University, Kingston
    Nov 16, Time TBA, Reading with Elisabeth de Mariaffi
  • Montreal, Writers Read
    Nov 17, 7pm, Reading with Elisabeth de Mariaffi
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Events: UBC, Woody Point, Thin Air and More

June 27, 2015

Not been very good about maintaining this site. I’ve been working on another site quite a bit, and really haven’t had a lot to report, besides a few publications. Mostly I’ve spent my days editing and reediting my upcoming book Diversion (cheaper Amazon link here, but I would encourage you to buy indy at McNally or your local) — but my editors have finally taken it away from me and now I have nothing to tinker with. So here are some upcoming events for this summer and autumn, where you can catch me as pass through cities other than St. John’s:

  • UBC Creative Writing I’ll be teaching in the MFA at UBC this summer and am there for two weeks in July.
  • Writers At Woody Point I’m reading at Woody Point with Joan Clark, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Lawrence Hill, Miriam Toews, Kathleen Winter, and some lady named “Margaret Atwood”.
  • St. John’s Launch No official date yet confirmed, but Diversion will launch in St. John’s in September.
  • Winnipeg’s Thin Air I’ll be reading at a bunch of school as a kids authors as well as at the poetry bash as a poet. Presumably an adult one. Actually, once you get the new book you’ll see: it gets a little blue.
  • Poetry London I’ll be reading in London, ON as part of the Poetry London series on Oct 14.
  • Toronto Events So far I’ll be reading at an as-yet-unscheduled ECW launch in October as well as at the great and storied reading series Pivot on Oct 21.

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Event: Frye Festival

April 7, 2015

I’ll be reading and teaching at the Frye Festival in Moncton at the end of April/beginning of May. If you’re around, please come say hi. Reading from both the kids book and the poetry.

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Reading: Halifax Word on the Street

September 19, 2014

I’ll be reading from Wow Wow and Haw Haw this Sunday at Word On The Street Halifax. Apparently on a tugboat. 2pm! Bring your little ones. If the tugboat is sold out, come see me at the Breakwater Books booth at 1pm instead where I’ll be signing copies of the book.