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Girl in Hamilton: Allison Baggio slated for gritLIT cabaret

girl in shades in the body author allison baggioHamilton, Ontario’s premier celebration of the written word, the gritLIT Festival, has unveiled its 2013 schedule. Allison Baggio, author of Girl In Shades (ECW Press, 2011) and In the Body (ECW Press, 2012), will end the five-day festival on a high note during gritLIT’s Closing Night Cabaret. In cooperation with the LitLive reading series, the cabaret will feature music in addition to readings by Allison and writers Susan Glickman, Mark Leslie, Moez Surani, Matthew Tierney, and Natalie Zina Walschots.   

  • What: Allison Baggio reads at the gritLIT Festival Closing Night Cabaret.
  • When: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel, 116 King St W., Hamilton, ON.
  • How: Pay what you can. Further details are available on the gritLIT website.
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The grand tour: Richard Scarsbrook schedules 2013 readings throughout southern Ontario

A new year has brought new opportunities to meet, hear, and study with author Richard Scarsbrook! The author of the White Pine Award-winning The Monkeyface Chronicles (Thistledown Press, 2010) is scheduled to host a variety of workshops and readings right through the fall. Confirmed dates follow below the cut. Continue reading

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Back to the future: L.A. Morse titles return to print

LA Morse Larry Morse pulp fiction cult classic hard-boiled hard boiled hardboiled detective novelLA Morse Larry Morse cult classic pulp fiction novel Sawney Beane Sawny Bean cannibals Scotland cannibalismFour previously out-of-print cult fiction favourites by Toronto’s L.A. Morse are now available for the digital age! First published between 1979 and 1985, The Flesh Eaters, The Old Dick, The Big Enchilada, and Sleaze are published by E-Reads for a variety of electronic devices, including the Kobo, Kindle, Nook, and Sony e-readers.

LA Morse Larry Morse pulp fiction cult classic hard-boiled hard boiled hardboiled detective novel noirLA Morse Larry Morse pulp fiction cult classic hard-boiled hard boiled hardboiled detective novel noirBringing to life the lurid story of the legendary Sawney Beane family–an incestuous clan of robber-cannibals who terrorized the southwest coast of Scotland in the 15th century–The Flesh Eaters is a wry look at transgressing the taboo. For readers who like their books more subtly subversive, there’s the Edgar Award-winning The Old Dick, which follows ageing private eye Jack Spanner through exploits as humourous as they are hard-boiled, and The Big Enchilada and Sleaze, two books that do L.A. noir as only L.A. Morse can: smartly, tautly, and compellingly. These are four titles sure to find favour with a new generation of readers!

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Season’s socializing: Pamela Mordecai’s winter readings

With the holidays over and snow piling up, it’s tempting to hibernate and dream of spring. But Subversive Sonnets-poet Pamela Mordecai gives us two great reasons to stay social this season: upcoming Toronto appearances at the Academy of the Impossible and the Art Bar!

  • What: Pamela Mordecai reads at the Art Bar with Eva Tihanyi.
  • When: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Q Space, 382 College Street, Toronto, ON.
  • How: Admission is free, but voluntary donations are much appreciated.
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Taking her quest to Ottawa: Dr. Gretchen Roedde brings maternal health care concerns to the capital

Dr. Gretchen Roedde maternal health care mother child bookWith the United Nations Population Fund recently declaring contraception a human right, maternal health care in the developing world is back in the public eye. Working to keep it there is Dr. Gretchen Roedde, author of the bestselling A Doctor’s Quest: The Struggle for Mother-and-Child Health Around the Globe (Dundurn 2012) and the subject of a new Ottawa Citizen profile. The profile coincides with Dr. Roedde’s attendance at a number of Ottawa events, including ones with the Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Since 1987, Dr. Roedde has split her time between her practice in Northern Ontario and her work in public health in countries such as the Sudan, Bangladesh, China, and Papua New Guinea. A Doctor’s Quest chronicles Dr. Roedde’s experiences overseas, and calls on the international community to support better maternal health care in the developing world.

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Celebrate the season in literary style with forthcoming HSWLA author appearances!

As 2012 draws to a close, HSW Literary Agency authors continue to be in demand!

Last week Girl In Shades author Allison Baggio helped Whitby Public Library patrons crack the mystery of the first novel by sharing the setbacks and successes she encountered on her path to publication. Following the success of Girl, Baggio published a second book, the short story collection In the Body (ECW Press 2012), which was just named to the National Post‘s list of the year’s “unjustly overlooked Canadian favourites.”

Readers can still look forward to joining Dr. Gretchen Roedde, author of the Globe & Mail-bestselling medical memoir A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn 2012), as she continues her tireless campaign for maternal health care with a stop at Ottawa’s Perfect Books on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Dr. Roedde will sign books and join Charlie Angus, the member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, and Mariah Griffin, a human rights activist, to discuss mother-and-child health care in the developing world. The afternoon is guaranteed to be both provocative and informative!

Later still, Mary Lou Dickinson, author of One Day It Happens (Inanna Publications 2007) and Ile D’Or (Inanna Publications 2010), will help literature-loving Hamiltonians ring in the new year with a reading at Homegrown Hamilton in the Sky Dragon Centre. The only thing better than spending a wintery Sunday evening with a great book is spending a wintery Sunday evening with a great writer!

  • What: A LitLive reading by Mary Lou Dickinson.
  • When: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Homegrown Hamilton – Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William St., Hamilton, ON.
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Mordecai takes Memorial: Newfoundland university plays host to SUBVERSIVE SONNETS poet

Jamaican Canadian poet Mordecai best poemsWith poetry as with time, Newfoundland leads the rest of Canada! This week the province hosts a series of appearances by acclaimed poet Pamela Mordecai in advance of her reading at the TSAR Publications group launch in Toronto on November 21st.

Pamela Mordecai’s Newfoundland tour schedule is available below the cut. Continue reading

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Merriment loves company: new books by Lin, Mordecai to be feted at TSAR group launch

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to properly launch a book. With this in mind, TSAR Publications is gathering Toronto literati to celebrate its fall 2012 list, which includes Julia Lin‘s debut story collection, Miah, and Pamela Mordecai‘s latest poetry collection, Subversive Sonnets.

  • What: TSAR Publications fall launch celebrating the season’s titles, including Miah by Julia Lin and Subversive Sonnets by Pamela Mordecai.
  • When: Wednesday, November 21, 2012. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.
  • How: Admission is free. Books are available at a special discount. Snacks and cash bar. For further information contact TSAR at
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Meagher’s PEARLS IN THE ASHES is a real treasure

Shelagh Meagher, an HSW Literary Agency client since 2009, has just published her first novel.  Pearls in the Ashes (Torriver Press 2012) is the richly evocative and thought-provoking story of Dash, a Tibetan boy forced to leave his nomadic family for life in a Buddhist monastery.

From the description: Continue reading

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An evening with Mary Lou Dickinson

Canadian writer author novel short storiesMary Lou Dickinson, author of the novel Ile d’Or (Inanna 2010) and the short story collection One Day It Happens (Inanna 2007), has been invited to participate in the Rowers Pub Reading Series, Toronto’s preeminent monthly reading series. Dickinson currently has a number of works in progress, including a mystery and a memoir, but regardless of what she reads, her listeners are in for a treat!

  • What: Rowers Pub Reading Series, featuring Mary Lou Dickinson, Susan Evans Shaw, and Todd Swift.
  • When: Monday, November 5, 2012. 7:30 p.m. onward.
  • Where: The Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto, ON.
  • How: All are welcome.
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