Doretta Lau, Kim Fu, and Andrea Bennett!

When: May 24th, 2014, 4pm-7pm

Where: Cenote Restaurant and Lounge  768 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1L4

Doretta Lau, Kim Fu, and Andrea Bennett at Cenote’s Lounge

Continental Shelf Writers Collective presents an evening of shared literature featuring poet Andrea Bennett and fiction writers Kim Fu and Doretta Lau. There will be readings, an audience Q and A, and a book signing facilitated by our friends at Munro’s Books

Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) is her debut short story collection.

Kim Fu’s debut novel FOR TODAY I AM A BOY (HarperCollins, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, follows the lives of four Chinese-Canadian sisters, one born in a boy’s body. Fu has written for NPR, Maisonneuve, The Rumpus, The Tyee, Prairie Fire, Grain, Room, and The New Quarterly, among others, and has had work anthologized in Best Canadian Essays. She is the news columns editor for This Magazine, and writes the weekly advice column Ask Fu.

Andrea Bennett’s debut book of poetry is Canoodlers (Nightwood, 2014), which follows the growth and class leaps of a townie tomboy from Hamilton, Ontario. andrea’s writing has been published in magazines across North America, including Maisonneuve, Geist, and Grain, and her poetry has been anthologized in books from McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Ooligan Press. In 2013, her nonfiction received an honourable mention in the Politics and Public Interest category at the National Magazine Awards.


Us Conductors: a literary event!

When: May 9th, 2014, 7pm-10pm

Where: solstice café – 529 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N5

Us Conductors: a literary theremin event featuring Sean Michaels and Cleopatra & the Nile

Continental Shelf Writers Collective presents Montreal author Sean Michaels and local theremin art-pop band Cleopatra & the Nile. 

Sean will be reading from his debut novel, ‘Us Conductors’ – historical fiction inspired on the stories of Lev Termen, inventor of the theremin, and Clara Rockmore, its greatest player.

Join us for a reading, onstage interview, audience Q&A and book signing, with copies of ‘Us Conductors’ on sale courtesy of Munro’s Books. There evening will be capped off with a musical set by local theremin enthusiasts, Cleopatra and the Nile. Come conduct with us.

Doors at 7, reading at 730. Over by 10. Free or by donation.

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Born in Montreal in 1982, Sean Michaels is a national magazine award-winning writer and music critic whose work has appeared in the Guardian, McSweeney’s, the Walrus, Pitchfork, the Believer and the Globe & Mail. He founded the unusual musicblog Said the Gramophone in 2003.

“Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything — it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor’s manual, a creation myth, and an obituary — but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story.” – Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

“One of the most striking, lyrical and original literary debuts in recent memory.” – Ian McGillis, the Montreal Gazette

“Cleopatra and the Nile have been donning bejeweled turbans and creating haunted soundtracks to film projections for at least five years. Paul Pedrosa plays synths, bass, drum machines and always drives rad cars. Sarah Murphy plays the theremin all calm and cool with amazing technique. Together they make music that’s refreshingly organic – shades of hip-hop, science fiction, ambient noise, dated futures, Giallo, alien funk, neon lit diners, and every imaginary film playing inside yer head.”
— Weird Canada •


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