Friday, April 5, 2013

The Hottest Book Tour in Recorded History (Monday, April 22)

Elizabeth Bachinsky, Tamara Faith Berger, Amber Dawn, and Vivek Shraya launch books with a focus on the lusty side of life. Hosted by Andrew Hood.
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m. (No cover)

Grab your bookini and fill your booktub with ice because you're about to experience a literary heat wave! Arsenal Pulp Press, Coach House Books, and Nightwood Editions are pleased to present CanLit provocateurs Tamara Faith Berger, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Amber Dawn, and Vivek Shraya as they launch hot new books in an incendiary quadruple-bill sure to set your literature-loving hearts on fire! Join us for searing poetry and sizzlin' prose on The Hottest Book Tour in Recorded History!


Andrew Hood

The Hottest Summer in Recorded History
Elizabeth Bachinsky

With her signature eye for irony and sensuality, Elizabeth Bachinsky's fifth poetry collection, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History, balances a youthful playfulness with observational maturity. Bachinsky strings together seemingly non-sequiturial images, capturing in these poems the commonality of raw intimacy, dark humour, and a sense of immediacy. Her vision is unapologetically bold, finding the erotic in everyday moments and keenly capturing the complicated truths of life in a powerfully candid style.


Little Cat
Tamara Faith Berger

Tamara Faith Berger's first two novels have been languishing out of print. They were scandalous when they were first published; now they are substantially revised and returned to print in Little Cat. They’re just as titillating and troubling now. Like a series of Penthouse letters penned by Kathy Acker, Lie With Me recounts a woman’s sexual escapades as she picks up random men in bars for a series of increasingly extreme encounters, hoping to understand love from the far side of sluttiness. In The Way of the Whore, Mira, an introverted Jewish girl obsessed with Jean Genet, allows herself to be seduced by the sex industry, determined to find meaning in her tormented relationships with cruel men.

How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir
Amber Dawn

"In most large cities," writes Amber Dawn, "there are an estimated 10,000 people (mainly women) working as prostitution-based sex workers and yet we rarely hear from them." In her new memoir How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn offers a frank, unflinching, and multifaceted portrait of her experiences hustling on the streets of Vancouver. Alternating between tender poetry and searing prose, she re-traces her path from survival street work to her present-day life as a writer, filmmaker, activist, artist, and educator. Queer, feminist, and sex-positive, How Poetry Saved My Life is a moving and revolutionary book that will challenge readers to confront assumptions about sex work and sexuality.

What I LOVE About Being QUEER
Vivek Shraya

One big question. Over 100 answers.

What I Love About Being Queer is a celebration of community. It started out as a short film, then grew into an online site, and now into a wonderful book, made in partnership with the George Brown College Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services office. All proceeds from the book will go to the George Brown College Positive Space Award, which is for LGBTQ George Brown students demonstrating leadership in the classroom and community.

What I Love About Being Queer features over one hundred answers to this big question including from Tegan Quin (from pop group Tegan and Sara) and Sook-Yin Lee (CBC Radio), and essays by Farzana Doctor (Six Metres Of Pavement), Elisha Lim (100 Butches), and George Brown College professors Kathryn Payne & Marilyn McLean.

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