TONIGHT: Alex Leslie Book Launch in Montreal with featured guest readers Linda Besner and Daniel Allen Cox

Join Alex Leslie as she celebrates the Montreal book launch for her debut poetry collection, The things I heard about you (Nightwood Editions) at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Saturday, November 8 at 7pm. Leslie will be joined by local guest readers Linda Besner and Daniel Allen Cox. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you collects prose poems that explore precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. They are distilled into smaller, more potent versions of their previous selves, often leading to a new thought, effect, or revelation. Intense, vivid scenes that encompass large, intangible ideas such as loss and grief are decomposed—stripped to the barest detail. Ultimately, The things I heard about you is an evocative, beautifully crafted book of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants.

Alex Leslie has published a collection of stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 Relit Award; as well as a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Alex's writing has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for fiction. Recent projects include editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada.

Linda Besner is originally from Wakefield, Quebec. Her poetry has appeared in journals across Canada and been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2012. Her first collection of poetry, The Id Kid, was published in 2011 by VĂ©hicule Press, and was named as one of The National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. She lives in Montreal, where she writes a weekly column for Hazlitt magazine.


Daniel Allen Cox is the author of the books Shuck, Krakow Melt, Basement of Wolves, and Tattoo This Madness In. He co-wrote the screenplay for the Bruce LaBruce film Gerontophilia. Daniel has appeared at literary festivals and universities across North America, and has been a columnist, editor, juror and fiction mentor. Daniel’s fiction has been nominated for the Lambda Literary, Ferro-Grumley, and Re-Lit awards, and has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He lives in Montreal where he is the vice-president of the Quebec Writers' Federation and is working on a new novel.

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