On Saturday, July 26th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., a diverse group of local writers will perform at Stratford Public Library: Orysia Dawydiak, Steven Mayoff, Beth E. Janzen, Jeff Bursey and Kathleen Hamilton.
Orysia’s first novel, House of Bears, was published in 2009. Her short fiction has appeared in Riptides: New Island Fiction (2012). Kira’s Secret, the first book from a trilogy for young readers set on the East Coast and undersea, came out in 2013. Orysia will be reading from Prisoner of Hildaland, the second book in the trilogy, which is forthcoming from The Acorn Press.
Steven won the PEI Book Award (fiction) for Fatted Calf Blues in 2010. He will read from his new novel, Our Lady of Steerage, which is forthcoming from Bunim & Bannigan Ltd. An excerpt from the novel appeared in Riptides: New Island Fiction. Steve’s fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and in Ireland, Algeria and France.
Beth’s poems have been published in journals such as The Malahat Review and Grain. Her book of poetry entitled The Enchanted House (The Acorn Press) was nominated for the PEI book award in 2008. Her story “Watermelon” is included in Riptides: New Island Fiction. Beth will be reading both poetry and fiction.
Jeff is the author of the critically acclaimed Verbatim: A Novel (2010), and his short fiction has appeared in The Winnipeg Review and Riptides: New Island Fiction. He will read from a new novel set in Charlottetown, Unidentified man at left of photo, which is under consideration by Verbivoracious Press.
Kathleen is known to Island theatre-lovers as an actor and for her own stage plays, Shameless Hussies and Blonde Moments. The Acorn Press published her memoir, Sex After Baby: Why There is None (2007), and she is currently at work on a new play, Liar, Thief, Girl. She will read from a new memoir in progress called High Flying Bird.
Admission to this group reading is free, and everyone is invited. (Please note: some of the content may be inappropriate for children.) A short question-and-answer segment, book sales and signings, and light refreshments will follow the readings.
The Stratford Public Library is located in the Bunbury Mall at 25 Hopeton Road.