7:30pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
John Barton has published nine previous collections of poetry, six chapbooks, and two anthologies. He has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, a Patricia Hackett, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award and a National Magazine Award. John lives in Victoria, where he edits The Malahat Review.
Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin
Drawn from nine collections published over thirty years, Barton explores the role of love in contemporary society, the complexity of gay experience, the persistence of homophobia, the reinvention of the idea of family, and the fear and courage that AIDS engendered and how it continues to shape the search and attainment of intimacy.
Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist and essayist who has published more than thirty books. She co-founded La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour, two important literary journals in Quebec. She has won two Governor General's Awards for poetry, as well as le Prix Athanase-David and the Canada Council's Molson Prize.
White Piano unfolds its variations like musical scores. A play of resonance between pronouns and persons, freely percussive between prose and poetry, and narrating a constellation of questions, White Piano offers readers a "language that cultivates its own craters of ﬁre and savoir-vie."
Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry. Her books and poems have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gerald Lampert Award, the BC Book Prize and the ReLit Award. Her previous book of poetry, Frenzy, won the Alberta Literary Award in 2009. Catherine’s latest collection is Trobairitz.
Twenty-first century metalheads; twelfth century troubadours and their female counterparts, the trobairitz—what could they have in common? The creation of an often misunderstood and at times reviled genre and a kin preoccupation with the questioning of structures set up by class, gender, and religion.
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