An evening of live music and prose celebrating Steven Heighton’s acclaimed story collection The Dead Are More Visible in support of the Toronto Public Library Foundation and Frontier College.


Angie Abdou

ANGIE ABDOU is a fiction writer and teacher who has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Calgary.  BC BookWorld called her short story collection, Anything Boys Can Do (2006), an “extraordinary literary debut” and the Victoria Times Colonist commended its original take on female sexuality.  The Globe and Mail praised her first novel, The Bone Cage (2007), for its “beautiful writing” and The Quill & Quire called it “vivid, intense, and authentic.”  The Kootenay Library Federation chose The Bone Cage as the official book for the inaugural “One Book One Kootenay” reading series.  The Bone Cage is also taught in university-level Sport Lit courses across Canada and United States.  It and was included on Canadian Literature‘s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature.”  It was also a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads 2011 and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year. Angie’s second novel, The Canterbury Trail (2011), is a dark comedy about mountain culture. It was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year, and it won a 2012 IPPY, gold medal for Canada West. Angie has nearly twenty years of teaching experience and has been involved in writing programs throughout the country.  She was raised in Moose Jaw, SK and now lives in Fernie, BC with her husband and two children.  She teaches full-time at the College of the Rockies.

Mark Berube

Mark Berube is an acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter with a bachelors in English Literature from Simon Fraser University. He has released four solo albums, two E.P.s, and two albums with spokenword/music group The Fugitives. He has performed his music and poetry in festivals all over Canada, the U.K., France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Denmark. He has also composed for theatre and dance productions. His album What the River Gave the Boat was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award in the solo folk category in 2008. His most recent release is June in Siberia.

Dave Bidini

DAVE BIDINI is the only Canadian to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno, as well as CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. He is a respected musician and has made a name for himself as a writer with the success of his books The Best Game You Can Name, Baseballissimo, On a Cold Road, and Tropic of Hockey. Bidini wrote and hosted the Gemini Award-winning small-screen adaptation of Tropic of Hockey, called Hockey Nomad. His most recent book is Writing Gordon Lightfoot.

The Billie Hollies

THE BILLIE HOLLIES are Julia Hambleton, Donna Linklater, Coralie Martens and Janet Morassutti. Their music, combining enticing vocals and rich arrangements, has been called “an expression of classic femininity and a kind of eerie beauty.” (Tom Powers, CBC Deep Roots).

Kevin Hearn

Kevin  Hearn first appeared on the Toronto  music scene as a  member of the  strange rock  group Look People.  In the eighties he also worked with other beloved acts such as The Rheostatics,  Corky and the Juice Pigs, and his cousin Harland Williams.  Since 1995 he has been a member of Barenaked Ladies.

Kevin has recorded and worked with such artists as The Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith, Broken Social
Scene, The Cranberries, and Laurie Anderson.  He has been in Lou Reed’s touring band since 2007 , and has acted as musical director for Lou’s tours since 2009. Kevin has also released six records with his band Thinbuckle . His most recent release is Cloud Maintenance.

Steven Heighton

STEVEN HEIGHTON is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages, and his poems and stories have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Europe, Agni, Poetry London, Brick, Best English Stories, and many others. Heighton has won several awards and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.

Cathal Kelly

Cathal Kelly is a columnist at the Toronto Star.

Tanis Rideout

TANIS RIDEOUT received her MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber, and she has been a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. In 2006, she was named Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and joined Gord Downie on a tour to promote environmental justice on the lake. Sometimes referred to as the Poet Laureate of CanRock, Tanis joined Sarah Harmer’s I Love the Escarpment Tour to read a commissioned poem. She was born in Belgium, grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.

Sam Sutherland

SAM SUTHERLAND is a Toronto-based journalist. He is a former Assistant Editor at Exclaim! Magazine and Music Editor of Broken Pencil, whose work has appeared in such publications as The National Post, Maisonneuve, Alternative Press, and alt-weeklies across the country. He currently works as the Online Producer of AUX.TV. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk.

Kurt Swinghammer

KURT SWINGHAMMER is a musician and visual artist based in Toronto. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, he has explored a diverse array of mediums and media throughout a lifelong career in the creative arts. He is a film & TV composer, singer/songwriter, session guitarist, producer, music director, and live performer. He is also a painter, designer and graphic artist. He has created animations, typography, wardrobe for performers, art direction for music videos and TV commercials, set designs for theatre and modern dance, and illustrations for children’s books and CDs. His work is in the permanent collection of The Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa.

He has been featured on the cover of NOW Magazine and was Artist Of The Week on BRAVO TV’s Arts And Minds.

…and more!

Date & Location

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario

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