An interview, a guest post, and a reading (oh my)

As I’ve mentioned (and will probably mention until you’re thinking, “God, will he never shut up?!”), The Unwanted has been officially unleashed (“release the hounds, Smithers!”), and of course I’m obsessing about it. Which is so attractive. So let’s not talk about it—at least, not right now. But, I will say first that the Arts on Air segment has been uploaded as a podcast. Check it out here. (The bit including me starts at 6:50.)

It’s always weird hearing yourself speak.

Also, I have a guest post up at The Library Mistress’s blog, wherein I talk about my penchant for genre hopping. It even includes the sentence, “I’ve never written about chainsaw-juggling erotic mimes before.” And how many times have I said that?

Right! Moving on. Let’s talk about other writers! Remember I said I’d be doing a reading on April 2? Well, here’s the main attraction: a reading by UBC professor Nancy Lee and MFA alumni Laisha Rosnau. Along with three of my fellow MFA students, I’ll be reading later that evening. If you’re in Vancouver, come check it out.

Joint Reading by Nancy Lee and Laisha Rosnau

Coach House, Green College, Wednesday, April 2, 5-6:30 pm

untitled-196-4Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “a masterwork of revelation,” Nancy Lee’s first book, Dead Girls, was the winner of the VanCity Book Prize, as well as a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Pearson Readers’ Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award. The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun chose Dead Girls as one of the best books of 2002, and Now Magazine named it Book of the Year. Nancy Lee is an assistant professor in Creative Writing at UBC. She has served as Writer-in-Residence for the University of East Anglia, Historic Joy Kogawa House and most recently for the city of Vincennes, France and the city of Richmond. Nancy’s new novel is called The Age.

Rosnau photoLaisha Rosnau is the author of the poetry collections, Pluck (Nightwood Editions, March 2014), Lousy Explorers and Notes on Leaving and the novel The Sudden Weight of Snow (McClelland and Stewart, 2002). Her work has been nominated for several awards, including the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, three times for the CBC Literary Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and has won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Laisha was a resident of Green College from 1998 to 2000, where she wrote her first novel in room 306.

 After Dinner: A Fireside Reading in the Green College Piano Lounge, 8 p.m.

Nancy and Laisha will be joined by Green College residents and MFA students Zach Matteson, Nicole Boyce, Sarah Higgins, Zach Matteson, and Jeffrey Ricker (that’s me!) in a reading.