Incite: March 23, 2011


7:30pm on Wednesday, March 23

Admission is free*

Alice MacKay room, Central Library

Bookseller: Kidsbooks

An evening with Canadian poet and storyteller, Lorna Crozier, historical novelist, short fiction writer and essayist Pauline Holdstock, and bestselling author Susan Juby. *Let us know you're coming by registering here. Please note that registration is so that we know how many people to expect. Admission on the night is always on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Writers

Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier is the award-winning author of fifteen previous books of poetry, including Inventing the Hawk, A Saving Grace, and, most recently, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems. She is also the author of a memoir, Small Beneath the Sky, winner of the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize, and the editor of several anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry 2010. Born in Swift Current, she now lives in British Columbia, where she teaches at the University of Victoria. She will be reading from her new poetry collection, Small Mechanics.


Pauline Holdstock

Pauline Holdstock is a novelist, short story author and essayist, whose work has been published internationally. Her recent novel, Beyond Measure, was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and in 2005 won the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction. She will be reading from her new novel, Into the Heart of the Country.


Susan Juby

Susan Juby's first novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective, is a comedy about a young woman from Brooklyn who inherits a derelict farm on Vancouver Island. Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It's "run"— in the loosest possible sense of the word—by Prudence Burns. She soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on the property, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She'll be assisted by Earl, a spry 70-something foreman, with a distrust of newfangled ideas; Seth, the alcoholic, who hasn't left the house since a scandal with his high-school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens. (Source: