It’s been said in certain circles that BookThug is the literary party that everyone wants to be at. Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, BookThug is best known for their contemporary and engaging works of fiction, poetry, drama and translation, by both emerging and established authors from Canada and around the world.
IFOA is pleased to partner with BookThug for a special celebration of the press featuring readings and discussions with Kate Hargreaves, Martí Sales, Mike Steeves, Jess Taylor and Liz Worth. Emily M. Keeler hosts and moderates.
This is a FREE event.
Kate Hargreaves is a writer, book designer and roller derby skater in Windsor. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Detours and Whisky Sour City, as well as in journals across Canada and the USA. She won a Governor General's Academic Medal for her graduate work in creative writing and in 2015 was voted Windsor's best writer by readers of The Windsor Independent. Hargreaves presents Leak, a new collection of poetry that explores the relationship between language and the body to understand the borders and leaks of our everyday existence.
Emily M. Keeler is the Vice President of PEN Canada. In 2012, she founded Little Brother, an award winning literary magazine featuring the best of a new generation of writing and art. Formerly the books editor of the National Post, Emily is now the series editor for Exploded Views, a chewy and contentious line of short and smart nonfiction books from Coach House Books. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.
Martí Sales has contributed to Time Out Barcelona and translated the works of John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut, Jim Dodge and Harold Pinter. He is the author of Dies feliços a la presó, Ara és el moment and Principi d'incertesa. Most notably, he was the Director of the International Poetry Festival of Barcelona from 2010 to 2012. Sales presents his first work of poetry to be translated into English, Huckleberry Finn, a rich and imaginative collection about the discovery of enthusiasm. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull
Mike Steeves attended University of King’s College in Halifax, where he received a BA in Political Science and English Literature. He completed an MA in English Literature at Concordia University. Steeves lives with his wife and child in Montreal and works at Concordia University. He presents his debut novel Giving Up, a deeply felt account of what goes on in the inner sanctum of a modern couple’s apartment.
Jess Taylor is a writer and poet based in Toronto. She is the host and founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, magazines and newspapers, including Little Fiction, Little Brother, Joyland, This Magazine, National Post, Emerge Literary Journal, Great Lakes Review, Zouch Magazine and offSIDE Zine. She received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul.” Taylor presents Pauls, a collection of lively short fiction that focuses attention on themes of identity, relationships and love.
Liz Worth is the author of four books, including PostApoc and Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond. Currently, she is working on an occult-inspired vampire novel and is rewriting Twin Peaks scripts as original poetry. Worth presents Amphetamine Heart, a collection of poems channeling punk and heavy metal influences to explore the dark undercurrents that often permeate party culture, as well as No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol, in which she appropriates the original text of Andy Warhol's a, A Novel and turns each page into a unique poem.