Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I'll be in my home town (sorta) this coming Monday!

[Montreal. March 27, 2007] The Quebec Writers’ Federation invites Montreal book lovers to an evening with three gay and lesbian authors from Quebec. Montreal writer and host Peter Dubé will lead a discussion with Zoe Whittall and Mark Tewksbury. The writers will read from their latest work and will answer questions from the audience.

Mark Tewksbury is best known as a gold-medal-winning Olympic swimmer. His remarkable sixteen-year athletic career included three Olympic medals, numerous world records, and inductions into three major halls of fame: the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Last year he published the moving, humorous, and motivational Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock (Wiley, 2006), a personal memoir about his time in and out of the closet as a major figure in Canadian sports.

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 2006) and The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (McGilligan Books, 2001). She is also the editor of a short fiction collection called Geeks, Misfits & Outlaws. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, is forthcoming with Cormorant Books. Her fiction and poetry appear in many anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane. Originally from South Durham, Quebec, she currently resides in Toronto.

The event will be hosted by Montréal-based author Peter Dubé. Dubé is the author of the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002), the short fiction collection At the Bottom of the Sky (DC Books, 2007) and the Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001) In addition, his essays and critical writings have been widely published in journals such as CV Photo, Esse and Spirale, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Quartier Éphémère and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University.

Organized by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Out Writers Out Loud is part of the year-round “Writers Out Loud” series, which features readings and interviews with prominent English-language authors, mostly from Quebec. It allows a brief glimpse into the minds of some of the most interesting and artistic members of Quebec’s English-speaking literary community. Audience members are invited to ask questions and books are available for purchase and to be signed.

Out Writers Out Loud:
Peter Dubé, Mark Tewksbury, Zoe Whittall
Monday, April 16th at 8 p.m.
Boa Bar
4465 St-Laurent Blvd
Admission is free

For more information, please call the Quebec Writers’ Federation at (514) 933-0878 or visit www.qwf.org.


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