Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8
Tix: $10 General Admission
Clark Blaise is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction. A longtime advocate for the literary arts in North America, Blaise has taught writing and literature at such famed institutions as Emory, Skidmore, Columbia, NYU and UC-Berkeley. In 1968, he founded the postgraduate Creative Writing Program at Concordia University; he after went on to serve as the Director of the International Writing Program at Iowa. Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, Blaise has received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy, and in 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He now divides his time between New York and San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, American novelist Bharati Mukherjee. He presents his newly reissued Biblioasis ReSet title, Lunar Attractions.
John Metcalf was Senior Editor at the Porcupine’s Quill until 2005, and is now Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A scintillating writer and an almost magisterial editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow and Kicking Against the Pricks. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna. He presents his recently reissued Biblioasis ReSet title, Going Down Slow.
A native of Mabou, Cape Breton, to which he has returned, Ray Smith lived in Montreal for 40 years, where he taught English literature at Dawson College. He is the author of, among others, A Night at the Opera (winner of the 1992 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction), Cape Breton is the Thought-Control Centre of Canada, Century and, most recently, The Flush of Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins, all published by Biblioasis. He presents a reading from Lord Nelson Tavern, which was recently reissued under Biblioasis ReSet. (Jenni_Canuck)