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Sweet on subversion: The latest praise for Pamela Mordecai’s SUBVERSIVE SONNETS

Subversive Sonnets (TSAR Publications 2012), the new collection by critically lauded poet Pamela Mordecai, continues to catch the attention of lovers of verse and prose alike. Reviewing Mordecai’s recent appearance at the Rowers Pub Reading Series, The Town Crier–the blog of The Puritan magazine–noted the “interplay between romance and cruelty, devotion and violence, is imaginative and bold.” This observation echoes that of World Literature Today, which named Subversive Sonnets one of its November/December 2013 “Nota Benes”:

Pamela Mordecai tells stories vibrating with life and traces the arc of human emotions from birth to death. A strong current of Caribbean family history combined with the rhythms and cadence of Jamaican creole underlie these thirty-two poems. While Mordecai’s gaze often falls on difficult and painful realities, she defiantly embraces the joy and musicality of language to define these realities.

Subversive Sonnets is available in bookstores and online, as well as directly from the publisher.

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Baggio to help ECW Press launch fall 2013 list

Allison Baggio continues to be in demand on the Ontario literary circuit. The Girl in Shades author helps ECW Press launch its fall 2013 list next week with a reading from her 2012 story collection, In the Body. All are welcome to this free event.


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A triple treat: Three new chances to meet author Julia Lin

West coast book-lovers feeling left out of this month’s International Festival of Authors now have reason to cheer: three new events with Miah author Julia Lin. The fall appearances, part of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and literASIAN 2013, give fans a chance to connect with the short story author through workshops and signings.

Further details:

  • What: Julia Lin offers a workshop, “Techniques for Finding the Emotional Core of a Story,” as part of literASIAN 2013.
  • When: Sunday, November 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street Vancouver, B.C .
  • How: Contact the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop for further details.
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An evening with Gretchen Roedde

On Friday, October 25, A Doctor’s Quest author Dr. Gretchen Roedde continues her tireless efforts to increase awareness of maternal health issues in the developing world with a talk at St. Peter’s United Church in Sudbury. While admission isn’t charged, those wishing to join the 7:00 p.m. event are asked to give a free will donation in support of the Morogoro Project in Tanzania. For more information, call 705-522-2018, or email

Roedde Oct 25 Event

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Up close and personal: Pamela Mordecai joins York U’s Canadian Writers In Person series

On the heels of last month’s appearance at Brock University, Subversive Sonnets poet Pamela Mordecai is poised to return to the academic arena. She’s giving a free reading tonight at York University as part of the school’s Canadian Writers In Person series.

  • What: Pamela Mordecai reads during Canadian Writers In Person.
  • When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: York University, 206 Accolade West Building, Toronto, ON.
  • How: Email or for further details.
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Two books and a launch for YA-author Richard Scarsbrook

September 2013 promises to be especially busy for Richard Scarsbrook: he has two new books being published!

Scarsbrook’s first full-length collection of poetry, Six Weeks (Turnstone 2013), will be released at the end of the month, and it’s already receiving acclaim. Poet Jeanette Lynes called the book, “lush, layered, and rich with wit and imagination. Loving and desire are frequent subjects here, and Scarsbrook doesn’t shy away from vulnerability or – uncool as it might sound – romance. There’s a big imagination at work and play in these poems, a sharp intelligence, and a resonant ear.”

Up first, though, is Nothing Man and the Purple Zero (Dancing Cat Books 2013), a young adult novel sure to please fans of Scarsbrook’s Cheeseburger Subversive and the White Pine Award-winning Monkeyface Chronicles. Nothing Man revisits Faireville District High School to introduce best friends Marty and Bill, whose lives are turned upside down when the accidental foiling of a robbery makes them overnight celebrities. The book is available September 1st, and will be launched at the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar on Monday, September 16th. Full details of the launch, including RSVP information, are available below the cut. Continue reading

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Pop goes the word: Teri Vlassopoulos nominated for Lit POP Award for fiction!

Canadian writer Teri VlassopoulosFor many Canadians, the long weekend was the best thing about last week, but for Teri Vlassopoulos, we’re sure an award nomination trumps even a holiday! Vlassopoulos’ “Living Expenses”–a story about a young woman navigating the ups and down of adult life with her husband–is nominated for the 2013 Lit POP Award for short fiction. Congratulations, Teri!

Founded by Matrix Magazine and POP Montreal, the Lit POP Awards honour “writing that really pops.” The 2013 winners will be selected by Sheila Heti (fiction) and Eileen Myles (poetry).

This isn’t the first accolade for Vlassopoulos’ short fiction. Her first collection is the Danuta Gleed Literary Award- and ReLit Award-nominated Bats or Swallows (2010), available now from Invisible Publishing.

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A cause for celebration: Julia Lin launches MIAH in Vancouver

Whether you’re celebrating Asian Heritage Month, spring, Queen Victoria’s birthday, or whether you’re happy just to have an extra day off, Miah-author Julia Lin has the holiday weekend event for you! Join Lin–a recent feature interviewee on Planta: On the Line–as she launches the poignant, compelling Miah at Vancouver’s extraordinary Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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A voice from the front line: Gretchen Roedde to address AMREF fundraiser

Dr. Gretchen Roedde, author of the bestselling medical memoir A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn Press, 2012), is the guest speaker at MAMATOTO, the African Medical & Research Foundation‘s annual fundraising gala supporting maternal health initiatives in Africa. As they hear stories from Dr. Roedde’s own work on the continent, gala attendees will enjoy African food and music, and participate in a silent auction featuring a trip to Tanzania.

  • What: Dr. Gretchen Roedde speaks at MAMATOTO, AMREF Canada’s fundraising gala.
  • When: Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
  • Where: Polson Pier, 11 Polson St, Toronto.
  • How: Tickets, which are $150.00 and include a $75.00 tax receipt, may be purchased through AMREF at 416-961-6981 or
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Inclement weather forces cancellation of Pamela Mordecai Brock University appearance

Due to unseasonable weather, tonight’s Brock University Distinguished Speaker Series event with Pamela Mordecai has been cancelled.

The good news: Mordecai’s fans can still look forward to seeing her at the Toronto Public Library on Monday, April 15, when she’ll read with Toronto’s poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke.

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