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Pedlar Press event with reading & music > JAN 14

join Pedlar Press, publishers innovative, contemporary Canadian fiction & poetry, in celebrating two new titles with readings and musical performances.


How You Were Born by Kate Cayley
A collection of stories that investigate the bizarre, the tragi-comic and the unbelievable elements that run through human lives. An aging academic becomes convinced that he is haunted by his double. Two children believe their neighbours are war criminals in hiding. A dwarf in a circus dreams of a perfect wedding. An eleven-year-old girl becomes obsessed with the acrobat who visits her small town. Two women fall in love over a painting of the apocalypse. A group of siblings put their senile Holocaust survivor father into institutional care, while failing to notice that he is reliving the past. Each story examines, from a different angle, the difficult business of love, loyalty and memory. 

Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. Last year Brick Books published her first poetry collection, When This World Comes to an End. How You Were Born is Cayley’s first collection of short fiction.

Subduction Zone by Emily McGiffin 
is a book of meditations on empire — the desires and agendas of empire, and empire’s detritus. From a sweeping panorama of imperial landscapes both classical and modern, it carries us into the troubled natural beauty of the Philippines. Whether contemplating rain forests in the Visayan Islands or Edward Burtynsky’s photographs, these poems gaze unflinchingly at the exploitation and upheaval that define several millennia of global politics. Their questions are both urgent and intricate. Who are we individually, collectively, in this era of looming ecological collapse? How do we acknowledge the blood on our hands yet bear witness to the beauty that remains? 

Emily McGiffin is poised to become one of the major voices in Canadian poetry. During the five years she lived in northwest BC, she became proficient in the fine art of firewood splitting. She holds an MSc from the University of London and has worked and studied in Italy, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. Her poetry, essays, reviews and journalistic articles, widely published in magazines across Canada, have most recently appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and Contemporary Verse 2. Between Dusk and Night, her first poetry collection, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Prize. She currently lives in Toronto where she is a PhD student at York University.


Jessica Moore is a singer-songwriter whose rich vocals and gentle lyrics are accompanied by her banjo, piano, guitar, and body-percussion. Drawing on indie, folk, and spiritual traditions, she released her debut solo album, Beautiful in Red, in 2013. Jessica is also an author and a literary translator. She is a former Lannan writer-in-residence and winner of a PEN America Translation Award for her translation of Turkana Boy, a poetic novel by Jean-François Beauchemin. Jessica’s first collection of poems, Everything, now, was published with Brick Books in 2012. 

Abigail Lapell is a folk noir singer songwriter from Toronto. Her debut album, Great Survivor (2011), is a collection of evocative melodies showcasing her sparse-plucked guitar and powerful, smoky voice against rich layers of harmonies and instrumentation. Abigail has toured across North America, Europe and the U.K. and been featured at festivals including North by Northeast, Winterfolk and Sappyfest.

Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Wednesday January 14, 2014 > 7pm-9pm