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ROUND TABLE: You Write Funny
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3pm
What tickles your funny bone? Join three hilarious wordsmiths for a riotous discussion about how they write laughter into their books. Andrew Kaufman hosts and moderates.
Elyse Friedman is the author of the novels Then Again and Waking Beauty, Long Story Short: A Novella and Stories and the poetry collection Know Your Monkey. Her work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award and the ReLit Award, and has won a Gold National Magazine Award for fiction. She presents the gleefully scathing, surprisingly touching The Answer to Everything. The novel, about a gifted artist (and even more gifted freeloader) who decides to start his own cult, explores the gap between reason and faith, and the human need for connection, fulfillment and transcendence.
Robert Glancy was born in Zambia in 1975 and raised in Malawi. At 14, he moved from Africa to Edinburgh, and then went on to study history at Cambridge. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. Glancy currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He presents his riotously funny and slyly insightful debut novel, Terms & Conditions, about a contracts lawyer who thinks and lives in the fine print.
Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario. This is the same town that Alice Munro was born in, which makes him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. He attended F.E. Madill High School. His is the author of Born Weird, All My Friends are Superheros, The Waterproof Bible and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence. He, for now, lives in Toronto with his awesome wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.
Simon Rich is the author of three short story collections, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Ant Farm, and Free-Range Chickens. He has also written two novels, Elliot Allagash and What in God’s Name. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and he was one of the youngest writers ever hired on Saturday Night Live. Rich presents his latest, Spoiled Brats, a surreal, shrewd and hilarious collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
Event location: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Coach House Books Launch Party
The Book Cellar, Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7pm
The awesome indie publisher Coach House Books is taking over the Book Cellar to celebrate the release of three amazine new titles: Little Cat, by Tamara Faith Berger, All My Frinds Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman, and The Devil and the Detective, by John Goldbach. It's going to be a night of love, superheroes, and down-and-out detectives--a little something for just about every type of reader!
Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Robson Reading Series Presents Andrew Kaufman, Camille Martin, and Barry Webster
UBC Bookstore Robson Square, Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm
Join us Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm UBC Bookstore at Robson Square for readings by novelist Andrew Kaufman (Born Weird), poet Camille Martin (Looms) and novelist Barry Webster (The Lava in My Bones). Admission is free and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Andrew Kaufman's Born Weird tells the tale of the Weird family who have always been a little off, but not one of them ever suspected that they'd been cursed by their grandmother, Annie. At the moment of the births of her five grandchildren Annie gave each one a special power. But over the years these so-called blessings ended up ruining their lives. Now Annie is dying and she has one last request: for her far-flung grandchildren to assemble in her hospital room so that at the moment of her death, she can lift these blessings-turned-curses.
The title of Camille Martin's latest collection of poetry, Looms, signifies the weaving tool as well as the shadowing appearance of something, These "woven tales" were inspired by Barbara Guest's statement that a tale "doesn't tell the truth about itself; it tells us what it dreams about." The strands of their surreal allegories converse, one idea giving rise to another, and the paths of their dialogue become the fabric of the narrative. In a second meaning, something that looms remains in a state of imminent arrival. Such are these tales, like parables with infinitely deferred lessons.
In Barry Webster's latest novel, The Lava in My Bones, a frustrated Canadian geologist studying global warming becomes obsessed with eating rocks after embarking on his first same-sex relationship in Europe. Back home, his young sister is a high-school girl who suddenly starts to ooze honey through her pores, an affliction that attracts hordes of bees as well as her male classmates but ultimately turns her into a social pariah. Meanwhile, their obsessive Pentecostal mother repeatedly calls on the Holy Spirit to rid her family of demons. The siblings are reunited on a ship bound for Europe where they hope to start a new life, but are unaware that their disguised mother is also on board and plotting to win back their souls, with the help of the Virgin Mary.
Told in a lush baroque prose, this intense, extravagant magic-realist novel combines elements of fairy tales, horror movies, and romances to create a comic, hallucinatory celebration of excess and sensuality. (RobsonReadingSeries)
Event location: UBC Bookstore at Robson Square (Plaza Level), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Andrew Kaufman launches Born Weird
Dora Keogh Pub, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:30pm
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