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Tonight! Broken Pencil Book Club discusses Pauls!

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Tonight, tonight, tonight! The first ever meeting of the Broken Pencil Book Club will be meeting for a live chat on Facebook from 7pm-9pm to chat with writer Jess Taylor about her book Pauls and about writing.

The conversation will be split into two parts: the first hour will be focused on thematic, political and narrative analysis and conversation. The second hour will shift the focus from readers to writers — chatting with Jess about her process, writing short stories, technique and more!

Broken Pencil members can get a 20% discount off of the book on Bookthug’s website with the code ‘BPBC20’.

To join the BP Book Club Facebook chat room, click here.

More about Pauls:

Paul is not always the same Paul, but could very well be a similar Paul, another Paul in a long line of Pauls. Paul runs through forests, drinks in student housing, flirts with girls, at times is a girl, loves men, makes friends, jumps from buildings, hurts people, gets hurt, climbs up towards the sky, waits for a sunrise, and all those human things.

Pauls, the debut short-story collection by the exciting young writer Jess Taylor, is about people: the things that remain unseen to them; how they cope with their unforgettable pasts; the different roles they take in each other’s lives; how they hurt each other; how they try to heal each other; the things they want to learn; and the things they’ll never discover. At the same time, Pauls is a portrayal of the world as these people see it—they all exist in a universe that is strange and indifferent to those within it. Coincidences, relationships, conversations, and friendships all pose more questions than answers.


jess taylor- resizeMore about Jess Taylor:

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012 and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She’s released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, Just Pervs;  a novel, Where Everything Glows; and continuation of her life poem, Never Stop. 

LitBang!: Broken Pencil Magazine Zine Party!

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The Feathertale Review and friends presents…

LitBang! Small Press Pop Up Shop

 982 Queen St W. at Ossington Av


LitBang! is an annual pop up shop in downtown Toronto that features amazing deals on your favourite small-press literary magazines, including The Feathertale Review, Taddle Creek, Broken Pencil, CAROUSEL and Poetry is Dead. Visit Tuesday through Sunday until April 30th!

  LitBang! Broken Pencil Zine Party!
Saturday, April 22 from 6pm – 12am

Drop by, make a zine, share a zine, just hang out and have a drink! Kids welcome. Supplies included or bring your own. Expert zine making advice available! 6PM-9PM Zine Making; 9-11PM Hangout and Party.

 For ongoing updates, visit the LitBang! Facebook page.

Announcing the first ever Broken Pencil Zine Awards!!

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Announcing the Broken Pencil Zine Awards! Celebrating international zine and self-publishing excellence

Broken Pencil Magazine is excited to announce that we will be rewarding the best of the best in zine culture with the Broken Pencil Zine Awards 2017!

For the first time ever, Canada’s magazine of zine culture and the independent arts will be accepting zine submissions from all over the world in search of the finest underground publications in a variety of genres.

Submissions are open until July 15th via our Submittable page.

Nominees will be announced by September 1st, and the winners will be awarded at Canzine 2017 in Toronto on Friday, October 20th.

May the best zines win!

Sex, Death and Hypocrisy: A Literary Afternoon in Hamilton!

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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.

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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.

Broken Pencil LIVE! At Canzine Toronto

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Broken Pencil LIVE! in Jackman Hall
3:15pm on October 29, 2016
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West

At this year’s Canzine Festival of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts, Broken Pencil Magazine will come to life onstage for the first time ever in a one-hour extravaganza of interviews, readings, a live comic jam, indie opera, and more!.

Note: This is a ticketed event! Tickets are free but must be reserved here.

We also have a reserved block of tickets for Broken Pencil subscribers and AGO Members on a first-come first-served basis – email canzine@brokenpencil.com or show up to the AGO at noon on the 29th to claim your ticket. There will be some tickets available at the door for the public but you should subscribe to BP and get an advanced ticket so you can confirm your spot!

That’s right, we’re bringing our magazine to life on stage! Here’s just a taste…

THE BROKEN PENCIL ZINE RACE

 Three of Canada’s best up and coming cartoonists will face the seemingly indomitable task of making a comic based on an audience suggestion in 30 minutes or less. The comic voted favorite by applause will win a prize pack! With Jenn Woodall, Trevor Henderson and Patrick Sparrow!

Patrick Sparrow grosspatdraws gross-out ghouls and monsters and goons, because that’s what he identifies with. He is the creator of wildly unpopular comic “Dirtbaby and Bonecat” as well as author of the book “100 Monsters” and the curator of Simpzine, Squatch Watch and he makes all manner of other weird drug addled, psycho sexual, darkly humorous art stuffs.

(photo by Mike Sheppard)

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Trevor Henderson is an illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. He grew up on a steady diet of horror films,
weird comics, video games, cartoons and monsters.

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Jenn Woodall is an illustrator, designer and cartoonist who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. Jenn creates her own comics and curates zines. Her current ongoing series is titled Magical Beatdown. She is the creator and editor of FIGHT! zine, a project which invites illustrators to create their own original female fighting game characters.

THE SMELL OF OUR OWN

This section brings our popular new artist on artist interview column to life, with a 10-minute chat between Wowee Zonk zine impressario Ginette LaPalme and artist, teacher and activist April Aliermo (Hooded Fang, Phedre).

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 April Aliermo is a Filipino-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and has co-written music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.

ginette-headshotGinette Lapalme is an illustrator and artist currently living in Toronto with Washington. Her client list includes The Walrus Magazine, Threadless, Vice Magazine, Kraft, Circo De Bakuza and Fuzzy Logic Recordings.

RADICAL READING SERIES

Short readings by poet Jacqueline Valencia, Kyp Harness,  and Soraya Roberts, who will be presenting from her new ECW book In My Humber Opinion about the 90s teen series My So Called Life.

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Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer. She is a senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque. She’ll be reading from her debut collection There Is No Escape Out Of Time is out with Insomniac Press.
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has put out 13 album of original songs, had his compositions covered by Mary Margaret O’Hara and Ron Sexsmith, has opened for Elvis Costello and been called “the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there” (Calgary Straight), “the creator of a songbook that should rightly be hailed as a national treasure” (Exclaim!), and identified as “my favourite songwriter” by Sexsmith. Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Harness is the author of ‘The Art of Laurel and Hardy’ (2006) and ‘The Art of Charlie Chaplin’ (2007), published by McFarland in the US. He is also the creator of the daily ‘Mortimer the Slug’ webcomic. As well, his novel ‘Wigford Rememberies’ was published by Nightwood Editions in May 2016. “A unique voice and a poet’s flow,” said the Globe and Mail; “Wigford Rememberies is an excellent novel” said Broken Pencil.

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Soraya Roberts worked as an entertainment editor from 2005 to 2011 and is now a full- time writer. She has contributed long-form culture articles to Hazlitt, Harper’s, and the Los Angeles Review ofBooks, among other publications. She also appears in the anthology Secret Loves of Geek Girls (Bedside Press, 2015) and is currently working on a memoir about journalism.

CREATIVE POLITICS: WHAT IS INDIE OPERA?

In which the performers and producers of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective, which recently presented Opera Peep Show, try to convince us — and demonstrate! — why indie opera is the future.

lindsay-liederwolfe-6197Lindsay Michael is a producer in opera and radio. She holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University and is the founding artistic director of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective and Opera Peep Show. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, she helped organize a major choral project presented in over 200 towns across Canada. Lindsay was the artistic director and co-founder of Cobblestone Productions and the founder of Opera PEI. Lindsay currently works at CBC Radio.

francescaliederwolfe-6200A lifelong contributor to the arts, Francesca Perez is the General Manager of the Liederwölfe Productions and a member of the Liederwolfe Opera Collective, founded in her hometown of Montreal. Francesca currently also works at the Toronto Arts Foundation as their Community Investment Manager. Previous workplaces include Luminato Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and PS122. Francesca holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University.

Canzine 2016: Enter the 1-2 Punch Live Book Pitch and Win!

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Have you got the novel to save the world? The manifesto that is sure to spark insurrection? Poems to echo through the generations?

Live on our main stage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP.

Sign up in advance to participate in the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at Canzine!

To sign up, email canzine@brokenpencil.com with your: 1. name 2. email address 3. phone number 4. two or three line description of the project you are going to pitch. Sign up now, we only have room for 8 participants and this will be first come first served.

The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200.

Canzine Toronto
Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. West)
Oct. 29, 2016,  1:30pm
Judges: Hazel Millar (BookThug), Andrew Hunter (AGO, Canadian Art), Hal Niedzviecki (The Archaeologists, Broken Pencil)

Canzine Winnipeg:
Buchwald Room at the Millenium Library, 251 Donald St.
Oct. 22, 2016, 4:30 pm
Judges: Rosanna Deerchild, Hope Nicholson, Hal Niedzviecki, Jen Sookfong Lee

Broken Pencil Zine Race at Word on the Street Toronto!

Hey Broken Pencil friends and fans! Come find us in the Magazines area at Word on the Street and get your $10 subscription! And while you’re at it, come check out our event, the Broken Pencil Zine Race from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM at the  Canadian Magazines Stage

Presented by Broken Pencil Magazine, the 2016 Word on the Street Zine Race will see three of Toronto’s wildest and weirdest artists battle against each other to the death! Editor Alison Lang hosts as indie comix heavyweights Jenn Woodall, Trevor Henderson and Patrick Sparrow will each create a giant comic in 30 minutes or less based on suggestions from audience members.

While the zines are being made, the crowd will get hands-on playing a game we like to call Broken (Pencil) Telephone Zine Making. In the end, a randomly chosen panel of judges picked from the audience will decide the winner and award the third annual Word on the Street Zine Race trophy and a prize pack to the lucky winner.

Trevor Henderson

Trevor Henderson is an illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. He grew up on a steady diet of horror films, weird comics, video games, cartoons and monsters. You can contact him at:trevorhenderson86@gmail.com.

Patrick Sparrow

Patrick Sparrow is a man – or a man-esque creature – from other worldly regions. He likes to draw gross out ghouls and monsters and goons, because that’s what he identifies with. He is the creator of wildly unpopular comic Dirtbaby and Bonecat as well as author of the book 100 Monsters and the curator ofSimpzine (yes, an all-Simpsons zine) and Squatch Watch.

Jenn Woodall

Jenn Woodall is an illustrator, designer and cartoonist who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. Jenn creates her own comics and curates zines. Her current ongoing series is titled, ‘Magical Beatdown.’ She is the creator and editor of FIGHT! zine, a project which invites illustrators to create their own original female fighting game characters.

 

This Saturday in Hamilton – Broken Pencil at TH&B!

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We are happy to announce that this Saturday, May 17th, Broken Pencil will be bringing a killer line up of of our favorite writers and performers to show out at the closing reception for the massive contemporary art installation TH&B United at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton, located 270 Sherman Avenue North.

Featuring large-scale works of art from a bunch of artists from Hamilton, Toronto and Buffalo (TH&B, get it?), the whole project is installed in and around a 20,000+ square foot mill.

On the night of the closing event, we are thrilled to present poet Aisha Sasha John, comix artist Aaron Manczyk, weird comedian Brand Neil (Neil LaPierre), writer/performer Brock Hessel and Broken Pencil’s founder and publisher, Hal Niedzviecki. We’ll also be giving away 75 free copies of Broken Pencil Issue 67 along with special secret promotions!

Read the performers bios below, and join us in Hamilton on May 16th! There will be a shuttle bus with a limited number of seats leaving the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (1214 Queen St W). Reserve seats here. See you there.

Many thanks to the generous support of the Hamilton Public Library and TH&B for making our participation possible!

Read more: This Saturday in Hamilton – Broken Pencil at TH&B!

Word on the Street Zine Race Recap!

Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us at Word on the Street Toronto this past weekend! After daunting morning rains, the sun came out just in time for our riveting Zine Race at the New Narratives Tent.

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Hosted by the charming and enthusiastic zine lover Suzanne Sutherland, who founded the Toronto Zine Library, the event saw two teams of makers and writers race to put together zines based off of audience suggestions.

Read more: Word on the Street Zine Race Recap!

International Zine Month Celebration – July 16

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We’re celebrating International Zine Month all of July here at Broken Pencil, but we’re teaming up with OCAD Zine Library and the Toronto Zine Library in a convergence of zine love on July 16, here in Toronto!

Starting at 5pm, we’ll have button making, zine making, letter writing and other DIY hangouts at the OCADU Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St. Then, at 7pm, local zinesters and readers will take the mic and share some of their recent work. We’ll have Whitney French reading from her serial anthology From The Root, Jordaan Mason reading from his recent chapbook Swimming Alone in the Backyard, and Eric Levitt of Gay 4 Pay press reading from his brand spankin’ new zine, The acronym VGL is body fascism.

Stop by and pay your respects to the zine gods and DIY pals! Oh yeah, and it’s free!

Broken Pencil Zine Workshop in Parkdale!

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It’s summer time, meaning wastrel adolescents are out wasting their time socializing and eating ice cream. Solution? Send them to our teen zine workshop on Wednesday at the Parkdale Public Library at 6:30pm! Join our publisher Hal Niedzviecki and outreach genius Annie Wong for an interactive workshop about zine culture and creation.

More information on the Toronto Public Library website!

 

 

Int’l Zine Month Zine-a-Day Kick-off! feat. All That’s Left

Guys, it’s July! You know what that means— it’s International Zine Month! We hope you’ll all make it out to our celebration in collaboration with the OCADU Zine Library and the Toronto Zine Library— but in the meantime, we’re going to be posting zine reviews from our print issues everyday. Here’s your first, written by the very same Eric Levitt who will be reading at our event!

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All That’s Left: Zero Packet.
Queer and Sci-fi Zine, Maggie Eighteen, Issue 1, , $4.00

When my roommate recommended I pick up All That’s Left, they told me that it combines everything they love: queer and dystopian sci-fi.  I was instantly drawn to it.  The sci-fi zine genre has a long tradition but a sci-fi zine that was explicitly queer was something that was new to me.  In fact, a sci-fi zine alone is usually not something I would pick up, but that was before I knew there was a queer subgenre.

The zine is beautiful and hand bound with an interesting triangle-tinged cover and a line on the back that reads, “Not everyone is good at their body.”  I didn’t know what I was in for but I was excited with anticipation.

The zine starts with a personal greeting from the author Maggie Eighteen explaining the use of both gendered pronouns and the non-binary “they” pronoun, as well as a list of characters found in the first issue. There are four chapters in here. The first is a brief description of the dystopian world the characters inhabit; the second — entitled “Ghost Town” — introduces two characters “Suli” and “Braga” on a patrol of an outlying district of the last remaining city known as “the dome.”  I like this chapter a lot; it is just two men on patrol making small talk about sex.  They are not explicitly gay or straight, and it doesn’t matter.  Clearly in this world gender is not a central aspect of their core identity.

The juxtaposition of dystopian setting and such mundane conversation about desire and sex is something this zine does incredibly well — a blending of queerness, human conversation and the dystopian world they occupy.  In the end, nothing is really resolved as there is no inherent conflict.  It is just a snippet of a day in the life of these characters.  If all sci-fi zines were this entertaining, I would be a diehard collector by now.  (Eric Levitt)

Broken Pencil x NXNE: Sex & Death

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Broken Pencil and NXNE team up once more to bring you

Sex & Death:

A Night of Readings, Performances and Music 

Performances! Presentations! Readings galore!

Hosted by Alison Lang and Jonathan Valelly

Thursday June 19, 2014

Conversation Room, The Great Hall

7:00pm doors, 7:30pm start time

$10 at the door, free with wristband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/317117705111214/

Details after the jump!

Read more: Broken Pencil x NXNE: Sex & Death

Broken Pencil at Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market!

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Hey pals! Just letting you know that Broken Pencil will have a booth at an art market in Kensington Market as part of Pedestrian Sundays, this Sunday (May 25). We’ll be showing off some zines in our collection, making zines with passers-by and hanging out. We’ll also be selling one-year subscriptions for a paltry $10 each – that’s ten bux for four issues of Broken Pencil! Plus sign up for a FREE ISSUE! Oh man, so much stuff!If you are wandering about in the area on Sunday, please feel free to stop by and say hello! We’ll be there from noon til 7pm.

Broken Pencil and NXNE Present: A Small Press Arts Fair!

 

GUYS. We’re doing one more event for NXNE! We are hosting a small press and zine fair on Ryerson’s campus (Gould Street, across from Balzac coffee) on Saturday, June 15 from 11am – 4pm.

Yes yes. Vendors include:

Little Brother
Matthew Daley
Toronto Zine Library
Static Zine
Papirmasse
Paper Pusher
A.G. Pasquella
Coach House Books
TCAF/The Beguiling
Severpress
The Continuist
Mark Connery
Koyama Press
Clapboard House

 

AND MORE TO COME. THERE WILL ALSO BE BANDS. OH MY GOD!

 

This is totally free. Check out our Facebook event for more details.

Hope to see you there!!!!

Deathmatch 6 Deadline Extended!

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS!

DEATHMATCH DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY JANUARY 7!

Ok, so apparently many writers are a little behind getting their Deathmatch 2013 submissions in… Imagine that…
So, because we are such nice people we have extended the deadline until January 7, 2013… get your story in by then to avoid the Literary Cliff.

Enter Broken Pencil’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest!

The world’s most dangerous short story contest!

New this year:

New top prize: Win the INDIE WRITERS MAKEOVER.

New twist to the rules: WINNERS REVISE THEIR STORY BEFORE ADVANCING TO ROUND TWO.

Enter NOW!

Deadline to Enter: Jan 1 2013.

 

 

 

Broken Pencil at Word on the Street

Yep, we’re back at The Word on the Street Toronto this Sunday. From 11am – 6pm, you can come visit our booth, pick up a button, join our mailling list, and just say hi. We will be giving out flyers with info about Canzine and DEATHMATCH! Yes!!!

We’re also selling single issues of Broken Pencil AND Geist Magazine for a mere $7. And you can get one-year subscriptions to both magazines for $30. Whatta deal!

Hope to see you out! The festival will be located at Queen’s Park Circle in Toronto.

Book Launch: Broken Pencil presents Tamara Faith Berger and Daniel Allen Cox with Derek M. Lowes

Arsenal Pulp Press, Broken Pencil, Coach House Books and Type Books present an evening of ‘dangerous literature’  at Supermarket on April 14.

Saturday April 14, 7pm at Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market, Toronto)

Tamara Faith Berger and Daniel Allen Cox kick off their Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa ‘WOLF MAIDEN’ book tour with some help from Toronto writer Derek Lowes, whose story ‘Jody Gets It‘ appeared in Broken Pencil issue 52.

Tamara Faith Berger – Maidenhead

Tamara Faith Berger (Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore) will read from her much-anticipated new novel, Maidenhead, traversing the desperate, wild spaces of the self-consciousness of a teenage girl, Myra, who enters unfamiliar worlds of sex, porn, race and class.

”At the risk of sounding grandiose, Maidenhead is a masterpiece.’ – Lisa Foad, Quill & Quire

Daniel Allen Cox – Basement of Wolves

In this taut, beautifully layered novel by Lambda Literary, ReLit, and Ferro-Grumley Award finalist Cox (Shuck, Krakow Melt), Michael-David is a paranoid actor who feels that fame has ruined him. When a film shoot with wolves for co-stars takes a troubling turn, a haunting and cinematic romp through identity crisis begins.

‘A slick, sexy tale about hunger, fame and the lives we live below the surface.’
—Brian Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order

Derek Lowes – ‘Jody Gets It’
Derek Lowes writes fiction and makes art in his spare time. He lives and works in Toronto, and will present a story that Broken Pencil editor Hal Niedzviecki describes as ‘sick, twisted, great.’

Admission is free!
Book sales by Type Books!
Free copy of Broken Pencil to all who attend!

This Thurday! Broken Pencil Hosts 3 Stories for God Reading!

3 Stories for God

three writers tell stories about God.

7:30 pm

Thursday, February 16th

at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave. just North of Queen, downtown Toronto).

Free and open to all.

Featuring:

Ben Ehrenreich making his Canadian debut reading from his new novel Ether (City Lights)
Grace O’Connell reading from her story “THE MANY FACES OF MONTGOMERY CLIFT” published by Taddle Creek Magazine.
Hal Niedzviecki reading from his collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights).
For more information on this event contact editor@brokenpencil.com or phone 416 204 1700.
presented by….

Read more: This Thurday! Broken Pencil Hosts 3 Stories for God Reading!

Indie Events: Feb 13-19

Check out the week-of-love edition of Broken Pencil’s indie events listings: just the right amount of Valentine’s refs to get you off the couch and out the house!

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Feb 14, WORN Fashion Journal Presents Heartbreak Karaoke, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue,9pm, $7 ($5 if you’re wearing red/pink)

Get in a line and sing a song of heartbreak at the indie fashion mag WORN’s annual heartbreak karaoke fundraiser. Songs go for a $1 a pop (unless you wanna sing Celine – that’s more) and all proceeds go to supporting WORN.

Feb 16,3 Stories for God, The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave, 7:30 pm, FREE

Broken Pencil, Taddle Creek and City Lights (the San Fran Publisher) come together for a God-oriented reading this Thursday: Ben Ehrenreich (of City Lights) makes his Canadian debut reading from his new novel Ether,  Grace O’Connell reads from her recently published in Taddle Creek story “THE MANY FACES OF MONTGOMERY CLIFT” and Broken Pencil publisher Hal Niedzviecki reads from his collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened .

Feb 17, TROPICAL BINGO Fundraiser, XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave, 8pm, $5.

Come party at the XPACE gallery and cultural centre for a fundraiser in support of a library nook that will hold zines, mix tapes and art books. Five buck entry gets you a spot in a bingo game for art books and other ephemera from Art Metropole.

Read more: Indie Events: Feb 13-19

3 Stories for God

three writers tell stories about God.

7:30 pm

Thursday, February 16th

at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave. just North of Queen, downtown Toronto).

Free and open to all.

Featuring:

Ben Ehrenreich making his Canadian debut reading from his new novel Ether (City Lights)
Grace O’Connell reading from her story “THE MANY FACES OF MONTGOMERY CLIFT” published by Taddle Creek Magazine.
Hal Niedzviecki reading from his collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights).
For more information on this event contact editor@brokenpencil.com or phone 416 204 1700.
presented by….

 

About Ben Ehrenreich’s ETHER:

A bearded man in a badly soiled suit known only as The Stranger wanders into an apocalyptic landscape on the fringes of a dying metropolis, looking for a way to “get back on top.” Thwarted and rejected at every turn by old friends and strangers alike–even by the author of this novel, whom he visits repeatedly in unsuccessful attempts to determine his own narrative–his impotence and rage are expressed in acts of seemingly senseless violence. The various characters he encounters on his journey–a pack of sadistic boys, skinheads who beat him senseless, a deaf-mute woman who tries to heal him, a sidewalk preacher and a deranged man who identify him as The One–avoid him or abuse him, or attempt to follow him. Entertaining, disturbing and wildly intelligent, written with sinister humor and great compassion, Ether reflects on the possibilities and consequences of forgiveness, the problems of faith and the trials of creation.

 

A book that’s both pure as snow and filthy as dirt, with the lovely detachment of ice. Like Beckett, Ehrenreich has the talent of being particular and general at once, and thus steps outside time.

–Lydia Millet, Pulitzer Prize finalist for Love in Infant Monkeys

Former Deathmatcher Tells You to Fight for Your Writing!

A successful poet and story-writer outside the ring, McKinley M. Hellenes was an unfortunate knockout victim in a close first round of Deathmatch the Second. Today she shares what the competition has taught her, the benefits of competing, and the downside to pulling punches.

Colin Brush: There had only been one Deathmatch before you entered. Did anything surprise you while you were competing?

McKinley M. Hellenes: I was surprised at my own desire to remain cordial. I suppose I just didn’t have the killer instinct that other contestants seemed naturally to have. I’ve never been very good at insulting people just for the sake of it, or even of giving my honest opinion straight to someone’s face when I don’t like something about their work, even in uni when I was in a work-shopping situation.

CB: Did you ever lie on the comment board? Any lies that felt particularly cunning?

MMH: Nope! Maybe I should have, though. I love a clever lie.

CB: What were your most warm-and-fuzzy thoughts on competing while you were actually in the thick of it? 

MMH: That people really are funny and witty and that we should say deeply cutting but inherently truthful things to one another more often, instead of bottling everything up and allowing our resentments to fester. Also, that the Deathmatch seemed to be good therapy for a lot of people and that it was an innovative and interesting way to highlight the relationships between readers and writers.

Read more: Former Deathmatcher Tells You to Fight for Your Writing!

Canzine West Portraits: Kevin Chong

Reading at this year’s Canzine West, Broken Pencil brings you the widely published Vancouver writer, Kevin Chong. Author of Baroque-a-Nova and Neil Young Nation (non-fiction), Kevin will be reading from his most recent work Beauty Plus Pity, published by Arsenal Pulp Press this fall.

Curious about his inspiration, Broken Pencil talked with Kevin about the epigraph and title of his new novel.  Here’s what he had to say:

“Beauty Plus Pity was Vladimir Nabokov’s equation for art. He was suggesting that we need art to memorialize the death of beautiful things. Without beauty in that equation, there’d be nothing worth missing. Without pity, beauty would be forgotten. And if beautiful things didn’t die, it’d be like living in a world in which there were only plastic flowers.”

You can catch Kevin reading at 1:30 pm at Canzine West in Vancouver on Sunday, November 13. More details here. Kevin is also currently on a reading tour for his new book. Tomorrow he’ll be reading at TYPE Books in Toronto (presented jointly by Broken Pencil), followed by a reading at Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal on this coming Saturday – with more information here.

Broken Pencil and Joyland Reading Night This Thursday

Arsenal Pulp, Joyland and Broken Pencil present
Kevin Chong, Hal Niedzviecki, Kathryn Mockler
at Type Books, 883 Queen Street West (416) 366-8973

Hosted by Brian Joseph Davis

Thursday, November 3, Type Books, 6PM. Free

Facebook event page is here.

Vancouver’s Kevin Chong is the author of four books, including his acclaimed debut Baroque-a-Nova and the travelogue Neil Young Nation. His new novel from Arsenal Pulp is titled Beauty Plus Pity. The west coast editor for Joyland, he’s also written extensively for The Walrus and The Globe and Mail.

Hal Niedzviecki is the author of eight books including the recently released collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors. His writing has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Utne Reader, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine.

Kathryn Mockler is the author of Onion Man and teaches poetry and screenwriting at the University of Western Ontario. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at numerous festivals. Originally from London, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto.

Host Brian Joseph Davis is the co-founder of the literary website Joyland. His short stories have been collected recently in Ronald Reagan, My Father and included in Against Expression: An anthology of conceptual writing (Northwestern University Press). He’s written for Utne, The Globe and Mail and The Believer (forthcoming). He lives in Brooklyn.


CANZINE TODAY!

We’ve bludgeoned you with countless Canzine profiles and updates, but today it’s all worth it! Canzine is today! There are radical readings, book pitch and zine competitions , panels, art installations, a food market and, oh yeah, like a million zines that you will not find anywhere else! If you’re anywhere in or around Toronto, swing by 918 Bathurst Centre (just above Bloor) from 1 to 7pm today and check the indie culture extravaganza!

FULL SCHEDULE BELOW

Please note: The Great Hollywood Zine Piracy Challenge is at 4pm to 5pm. Apologies if you were mislead by the regrettable Facebook Event Page.

Read more: CANZINE TODAY!

Canzine Toronto Update

Update: Only three more sleeps til Canzine Toronto!

More UPDATES!

Trash Palace presents the “Mental Hygiene” educational film room. Featuring Stranger Danger films, A Day In The Life Of…films, plant and animal films, and so many more old shorts. Trash Palace DVDs, T-shirts, film zines and more will be available in this film room.

Ian Hanna presents the Typewriter Orchestra room. Featuring emerging poets and musicians, the room will be half poetry, half music as 12 typists write poetry and then create music through the sound of their typewriters. Chapbooks and DVDs will be for sale in this room.

Read more: Canzine Toronto Update

Reading night with Kevin Chong, Hal Niedzviecki, Kathryn Mockler

Thursday, November 3, Type Books, 6PM. Free

Arsenal Pulp, Joyland and Broken Pencil present
Kevin Chong, Hal Niedzviecki, Kathryn Mockler
at Type Books, 883 Queen Street West

Hosted by Brian Joseph Davis

Vancouver’s Kevin Chong is the author of four books, including his acclaimed debut Baroque-a-Nova and the travelogue Neil Young Nation. His new novel from Arsenal Pulp is titled Beauty Plus Pity. The west coast editor for Joyland, he’s also written extensively for The Walrus and The Globe and Mail.

Hal Niedzviecki is the author of eight books including the recently released collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors. His writing has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Utne Reader, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine.

Kathryn Mockler is the author of Onion Man and teaches poetry and screenwriting at the University of Western Ontario. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at numerous festivals. Originally from London, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto.

Host Brian Joseph Davis is the co-founder of the literary website Joyland. His short stories have been collected recently in Ronald Reagan, My Father and included in Against Expression: An anthology of conceptual writing (Northwestern University Press). He’s written for Utne, The Globe and Mail and The Believer (forthcoming). He lives in Brooklyn.

Zine Swap and Collaborative Workspace

July is International Zine Month

To celebrate, Broken Pencil and Hart House Library are holding a zine swap in the Reading Room at Hart House.

We encourage zine makers to come out and bring their zines for trading (and for donating to Hart House Library’s budding zine collection). Non-zine makers and people with zines in progress are all welcome, and we will have zine-making stations where you can work on new creations. There will also be a speed dating-style meet and greet where attendees will get a chance to meet each other at lightening speeds. And, since we’re a library, we’ll have lots of zines on hand for you to read.

In the spirit of international zine month and Revenge of Print (an initiative calling for everyone to make something in 2011), this night will be about making things, talking about making things and meeting new people.

Wednesday, July 27
7-9pm
FREE
Hart House Reading Room (main floor)
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233985953300578