An afternoon of sex, death and hypocrisy! Hal Niedzviecki reads from his new novel The Archaeologists. He is joined by amazing Hamilton luminaries: Sally Cooper reads from her new short story collection Smells Like Heaven! Christine Miscione reads a new story! And Joe Ollman presents his new graphic novel — The Abominable Mr. Seabrook. Amazing lineup!
Presented by the Hamilton Review of Books, Broken Pencil: Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts & the Hamilton Public Library.
Sally Cooper is a bold, powerful writer who lays bare the human heart. The author of acclaimed novels Love Object and Tell Everything, Sally Cooper has published short stories and essays in several magazines such as CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries, Event, Grain, Great Lakes Review and White Wall Review. Her latest book, Smells Like Heaven, a collection of linked stories, will be published in June, 2017, by ARP Books.
Christine Miscione is a Canadian fiction writer. Her work has appeared in various Canadian publications, such as Exile: The Literary Quarterly, This Magazine, and The Puritan. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Award for Best Emerging Writer. In 2012, Miscione’s story, Skin Just, won first place in the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Editions CVC Short Fiction Contest (emerging writer category). Her debut short story collection, Auxiliary Skins, was released in 2013, and debut novel, Carafola, in 2014. Recently, Auxiliary Skins won the 2014 ReLit Award.
Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker and culture commentator whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of 11 works of fiction and nonfiction including the nonfiction book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future (Seven Stories Press, October 2015) and the novel The Archeologists (ARP, Sept 2016), shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. He is the founder/publisher of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts (www.brokenpencil.com). Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including the New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Playboy, the Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, LitHub, The New York Observer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Walrus, and Geist. Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that charts the media saturated terrain of ever shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age.
Cartoonist and illustrator Joe Ollmann lives in Hamilton, the Riviera of Southern Ontario. He is the winner of the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2007 and loser of the same award another time.