IFOA and Guernica Editions invite you to the release of send by Domenico Capilongo, Waiting For Stalin To Die by Irene Guilford and The New Vine by Robert Marrone as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
Meet the authors, network and celebrate new work!
send is a collection of poetry that explores our many modes of communication from smoke signals to texting. The work uses lyric meditations, personal narratives and experimental poetry to shed light on the ways in which we try to express ourselves.
Fleeing Stalin’s advance into Lithuania, shaken by communism and war, four refugees end up in Toronto in 1949. Trying to resume normal lives, longing for their country’s freedom, they wait to go home.
In post WWII Italy, Passero, the son of a winemaker killed by the Nazis, commits an impetuous act. He kidnaps a young orphaned girl and offers her up in exchange for his own freedom. His actions create a lifelong connection with her culminating in an adulterous affair in Toronto in the 1960s, while he is building a life with another woman.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.
Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto where he teaches karate and high school creative writing. His award-winning short stories and poems have appeared in several national and international literary magazines. His first book of poetry, I thought elvis was italian, was shortlisted for the 2010 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His book of jazz-inspired poetry, hold the note, was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award. His first book of short stories, Subtitles, was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award.
Irene Guilford is the author of Waiting for Stalin to Die, The Embrace, and the editor of Alistair MacLeod: Essays on His Works. Her work has appeared in journals such as Quarry, Grain and Lituanas, anthologies such as Without a Guide and Kitchen Talk, and been translated into Lithuanian. She has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Competition, the Event Creative Nonfiction Contest and the Writers’ Union Postcard Story Competition. She lives in Toronto.
Robert Marrone is a Toronto-based writer who uses the energy and vitality of the city to fuel his work. THE NEW VINE is his debut novel.