Jul
21
Thu
Transparent City: Portuguese in Translation Book Club
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Transparent City: Portuguese in Translation Book Club

Transparent City is a July Pick for the Portuguese in Translation Book Club! Join Ondjaki, author of Transparent City (May 15, 2018), and translator Stephen Henighan as they talk translation. The event will take place online over Zoom on Thursday July 21 at 2PM EST / 7PM BST.

Register for the event here!

Get your copy of Transparent City here!

ABOUT TRANSPARENT CITY

NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD • A VANITY FAIR HOT TYPE BOOK FOR APRIL 2018 • A VULTURE MUST-READ TRANSLATED BOOK FROM THE PAST 5 YEARS • GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018 • A LIT HUB FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WORLD LITERATURE TODAY NOTABLE TRANSLATION OF 2018

In a crumbling apartment block in the Angolan city of Luanda, families work, laugh, scheme, and get by. In the middle of it all is the melancholic Odonato, nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his lost son. As his hope drains away and as the city outside his doors changes beyond all recognition, Odonato’s flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless.

A captivating blend of magical realism, scathing political satire, tender comedy, and literary experimentation, Transparent City offers a gripping and joyful portrait of urban Africa quite unlike any before yet published in English, and places Ondjaki, indisputably, among the continent’s most accomplished writers.

ABOUT ONDJAKI

Ondjaki was born in Luanda, Angola in 1977. He is the author of five novels, four short-story collections, and numerous books of poems and stories for children. He has also made a documentary film, May Cherries Grow, about his native city. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

In 2008 Ondjaki was awarded the Grinzane for Africa Prize in the category of Best Young Writer. In 2012 The Guardian named him one of its “Top Five African Writers.” Transparent City won the 2013 José Saramago Prize in Portugal, and, in France, the 2015 Prix Transfuge for Best African Novel and a 2016 Prix Littérature-Monde from the St. Malo World Literature Festival.

ABOUT STEPHEN HENIGHAN

Stephen Henighan is the author of eleven books, a columnist for Geist magazine, and a contributor to publications such as The Walrus and The Times Literary Supplement (London). Henighan is well-known across the country in literary, academic and journalism circles and has the beginnings of a popular following.

Sep
24
Sat
AfterWords Literary Festival – Opening Night with Alex Pugsley and David Bergen @ Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Night at AfterWords features Alex Pugsley (Shimmer) and David Bergen (Here the Dark) in conversation with writer and festival co-director Ryan Turner on Saturday, September 24 at 7PM ADT. The event is in-person and free to attend. Books will be available for sale.

Order your copy of Shimmer here!

ABOUT SHIMMER

In ten vividly told stories, Shimmer follows characters through relationships, within social norms, and across boundaries of all kinds as they shimmer into and out of each other’s lives.

Outside a 7-Eleven, teen boys Veeper and Wendell try to decide what to do with their night, though the thought of the rest of their lives doesn’t seem to have occurred to them. In Laurel Canyon, two movie stars try to decide if the affair they’re having might mean they like each other. When Byron, trying to figure out the chords of a song he likes, posts a question on a guitar website, he ends up meeting Jessica as well, a woman with her own difficult music. And when the snide and sharp-tongued Twyla agrees to try therapy, not even she would have imagined the results.

ABOUT ALEX PUGSLEY

Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker. Following the publication of his first novel, Aubrey McKee, he was named one of CBC’s Writers to Watch. He has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards, Hot Doc Awards, National Magazine Awards, and is a winner of the Writers’ Trust Journey Prize. His fiction has appeared in The WalrusBest Canadian StoriesBrick, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications. His next book, The Education of Aubrey McKee, the second in a multi-part series, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.

Sep
28
Wed
AfterWords Festival Kickoff with David Huebert and Luke Hathaway @ Cafe Lara
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the fourth annual AfterWords Festival! Featuring readings from David Huebert (Chemical Valley), Luke Hathaway (The Affirmations) and Daniel Cabena, Anna Quon, K.R. Byggdin, Katherine Alexandra Harvey, and host Sarah Mian. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 28 at 7PM ADT. Tickets are $5.

This licensed event at Cafe Lara will fill up fast, so snag your ticket now here!

Get your copy of Chemical Valley here!

Get your copy of The Affirmations here!

ABOUT CHEMICAL VALLEY

Winner of the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction • A Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Finalist • A 2022 ReLit Award Finalist • A Siskiyou Prize Semi-Finalist • Miramichi Reader Best Fiction Title of 2021

From refinery operators to long term care nurses, dishwashers to preppers to hockey enforcers, Chemical Valley’s compassionate and carefully wrought stories cultivate rich emotional worlds in and through the dankness of our bio-chemical animacy. Full-hearted, laced throughout with bruised optimism and sincere appreciation of the profound beauty of our wilted, wheezing world, Chemical Valley doesn’t shy away from urgent modern questions—the distribution of toxicity, environmental racism, the place of technoculture in this ecological spasm—but grounds these anxieties in the vivid and often humorous intricacies of its characters’ lives. Swamp-wrought and heartfelt, these stories run wild with vital energy, tilt and teeter into crazed and delirious loves.

ABOUT DAVID HUEBERT

David Huebert’s writing has won the CBC Short Story Prize, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 Journey Prize. David’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won a Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. David’s work has been published in magazines such as The WalrusMaisonneuveenRoute, and Canadian Notes & Queries, and anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. David teaches literature and creative writing at The University of New Brunswick.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS

“…a trans-mystical work of love and change…”—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.

ABOUT LUKE HATHAWAY

Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.

Oct
1
Sat
The Poetry of Change with Luke Hathaway @ Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Printed words are static on the page, yet poets—enamoured by the metamorphic properties of life—are always trying to find ways to get their work to embody changefulness. In this workshop with Luke Hathaway (The Affirmations), look at some examples of words that change and try your hand at creating linguistic structures that both describe and embody transformation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 12PM ADT. Location TBD.

Tickets on sale July 4 here!

Get your copy of The Affirmations here!

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS

“…a trans-mystical work of love and change…”—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.

ABOUT LUKE HATHAWAY

Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.