Monday, June 13, 2011

Gunmetal Blue Book Signing

June 14th and 15th, 6-9 pm
Stone Road Mall
435 Stone Road
Guelph, Ontario

Please join us for the LAUNCH of Shane Neilson's NEW book Gunmetal Blue: A Memoir.  He'll also be signing his Trillium Book Award-nominated Complete Physical (Porcupine's Quill).

Gunmetal Blue is an investigation of how to be in the world—how to be a doctor, how to be a poet, and how to be both. Tempered with memoir and populated with poetic case studies, Neilson learns about himself as his patients reveal their frailties. Medicine might be considered the more productive activity by society, but Neilson found poetry in every office visit. Taught to research clinical questions, he took this scientific practice and made it a literary one: how can a doctor better know his patients, and how does this translate into self-knowledge? Poetry and medicine are topics intertwined since the time of the Greeks and, in this case, the connection between the two literally becomes his lifeline.

Shane Neilson is a physician who practices Family Medicine in Erin, ON. He has published two poetry collections, Mensicus and Complete Physical, which was recently nominated for a Trillium Book Award. In 2010 he won Arc's Poem of The Year contest. Gunmetal Blue is his second nonfiction book, his first being a collection of essays entitled Call Me Doctor.