Tonight! SLS Montreal Readings at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Summer Literary Seminars Montreal is hosting a mini-program this fall, and we are happy to be hosting two faculty reading nights as part of the line-up! Join us at the Librairie on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at 7 p.m. for two evenings of literary inspiration! You don't have to be an SLS participant to attend! These events are free and open to all.

These SLS faculty readings boast a veritable star-studded cast of writers from Montreal and elsewhere!

On Saturday, October 4, expect to hear from Brenda Shaughnessy, Jeff Parker, Jon Paul Fiorentino and John Goldbach!

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda—one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son, and daughter.

Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman and the story collection The Taste of Penny. He worked with the SLS St. Petersburg, Russia, program from 1999-2008, serving many years as the Russia Program Director. With Mikhail Iossel he co-edited two collections of contemporary Russian writing, and his new nonfiction book about Russia, Where Bears Roam The Streets, was published by Harper Collins Canada this summer. He previously taught and the University of Toronto and currently teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of Needs Improvement (Coach House Books), and the novel Stripmalling, which was short-listed for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and five poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was short-listed for the A.M. Klein Prize, and Indexical Elegies which won the 2009 CBC Book Club “Bookie” Award for Best Book of Poetry. He has written for The National Post, Walrus, Maisonneuve, subTerrain, The Huffington Post, and numerous other publications. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University and is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine.

John Goldbach is the author of Selected Blackouts, a collection of stories, and the acclaimed novel The Devil and the Detective. He lives in Montreal.

On Sunday, October 5, come listen to Mireille Silcoff, Arjun Basu, Anna Leventhal and Sean Michaels!
Mireille Silcoff's debut short story collection, Chez l'Arabe, was published in August by House of Anansi Press. Her three previous books are cultural studies of drug and youth culture. The founding editor of the Jewish literary quarterly Guilt & Pleasure, her writing frequently appears in The New York Times Magazine. She also writes a long-running weekly memoir column in the National Post. The recipient of many awards, including National Magazine Awards, she lives in Montreal.

Arjun Basu is a writer and editor. In 2008 he published a collection of short stories, Squishy, and he published his first novel, Waiting for the Man, last spring. He also writes ridiculously stupid short stories on Twitter that he calls Twisters. He's even won awards for them. He has no idea why. He lives in Montreal.

Anna Leventhal is a Journey Prize-nominated author living and writing in Montreal. Her work has been published in GeistMatrix, Maisonneuve, and The Montreal Review of Books. She was contributing editor for the collection The Art of Trespassing (Invisible Publishing). Sweet Affliction is her first book.

Sean Michaels is the author of the theremin novel Us Conductors (Random House/Tin House 2014). The recipient of two National Magazine Awards, Sean has written about music for The Guardian, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and at his mp3blog Said the Gramophone. He lives in Montreal.

We have hosted book launches for nearly all of these writers, and are delighted to welcome them to the store again!

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