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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Recap and photos of the SLS Montreal readings!

On Saturday, March 29, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly was happy to host an evening of readings for the Summer Literary Seminars. The audience was treated to readings from Saleema Nawaz, David McGimpsey, Josip Novakovich and Ariana Reines.

To start the evening off, local author/editor/friend of the store, Mike Spry, gave a brief introduction. He mentioned that the SLS participants were enjoying seeing Montreal's cultural institutions, and melted all of our hearts when he declared Librairie D+Q to be the best little bookstore in the world! (Thanks Mike! We couldn't agree more.)

Saleema Nawaz was the first author to take the stage, and she read from a brand new story entitled To America With Love. The story is about an American indie rock band who team up with a '60s-era folk musician to play a show in Vancouver to raise funds to buy antivirals for plague-stricken Americans during an economic crisis.

Next to read was pillar of the local writing community, David McGimpsey, who had the audience in stitches as he read several "chubby sonnets" (which he described as being "like regular sonnets, but with a glandular problem,") from his book, L'il Bastard. The story follows the speaker, an aging musician who is considering packing up his life in Montreal to follow his lifelong dream of moving to Texas.

Following David's reading, the SLS program director, Ann Ward, introduced Josip Novakovich.
Josip Novakovich began by thanking "everyone that David McGimpsey thanked" so as to expediate the reading! He then read a short story about a group of four European expat students sharing a run down New York City apartment while they study at Julliard, and their battle against a rat with an inordinate fondness for the music of Schubert! 

The final author of the evening was Ariana Reines, who read a selection of her poems. She encouraged the audience to speak up or give her a signal if they wanted to interrupt her reading to have a dialogue with her. For the last poem, she succeeded in her goal of reading it as fast as possible without passing out! The audience was floored by her powerful delivery.

Following the readings, the packed house enjoyed some wine and socializing while the authors signed copies of their respective books. A big thank you to everyone who came out and made the event such a pleasure for all involved.

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