Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bookfest Windsor

Excited to be reading from Muse at Bookfest Windsor this year. I can't wait to hear Margaret Atwood read. I can remember reading her early poetry in high school and being haunted by the dark imagery. I have to get some of those early collections signed by her!

I read:

Saturday November 2nd, @2pm
Kate Cayley, Dawn Kresan, Christian McPherson, Anna Yin.
Moderator: Dorothy Mahoney. Joy Theater
Bookfest Windsor, The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cover design for Hard Ass

The title Hard Ass is metaphorical for the emotional strength needed when having an adulterous affair, but is also represents the hard body one gets through weightlifting. Sharon uses weightlifting as a trope to explore her inner vulnerability. So with this in mind, I thought about what to put on her cover. In the end I decided to use an image of a kettle bell that had a rough and somewhat worn down exterior. The shape of the bell is round and gently dips in. If you were to turn the cover sideways it gives the outline of an ass. I found it somewhat amusing that the text rests in the crack of the bell.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Mystery Shopping Cart Book Launch

Wednesday October 16, 2013 @7pm.
Book Launch at Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

A collection of essays, reviews, personal reflections and interviews that offer a welcoming and insightful tour of contemporary Canadian poetry, as well as cultural studies on topics ranging from eulogies to the experience of travelling in Poland while the country was in mourning for Pope John Paul II. Anita Lahey, former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada’s most distinguished and lively poetry journal, brings together here her thought-provoking Arc essays with appreciations and reviews of a who’s who of Canadian women poets, including the exquisite formalist Diana Brebner, M. Travis Lane, grand dame P.K. Page, the long-neglected Dorothy Roberts, and Gwendolyn MacEwen, whose dramatic life and death unfortunately persist in overshadowing the legacy of her work. She writes on her Polish-immigrant grandmother and on growing up as the daughter of a cash register repairman, and engages in probing discussions with eminent Canadian authors Stephanie Bolster, John Barton, Joan Thomas and Alice Munro.

Anita Lahey’s second collection of poems, Spinning Side Kick, was released by VĂ©hicule Press in 2011. Her first book, Out to Dry in Cape Breton (2006), was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. She is a past winner of the Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize and the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem, and her work has been shortlisted several times for the CBC Literary Award for Poetry. She served as editor of Arc Poetry Magazine from 2004 to 2011, and is also a journalist who has written on a wide range of topics for publications such as The Walrus, Cottage Life, Maisonneuve, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Geographic and Quill & Quire. Anita grew up in Burlington, Ontario. She a former resident of Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton, and now lives in Toronto. Her blog, Henrietta & Me: People and other wonders found in books, can be read at

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October readings

Tuesday October 8, 2013 @8pm.
Steven Heighton and Sharon McCartney
Art Bar Reading Series with Steven Heighton
Toronto, ON.

Thursday October 10, 2013 @7pm.
Sharon McCartney, Anita Lahey, Marc DiSaverio,
and featured readers from Detours (including Melanie Janisse and Robert Earl Stewart)
Palimpsest night at the Dora Keogh
Dora Keogh. 141 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON.

Friday October 11, 2013 @7pm.
Steven Heighton, Anita Lahey, and Marc DiSaverio
Palimpsest night at Novel Idea
Kingston, ON.

Tuesday October 15, 2013 @8pm.
Marc di Saverio
Art Bar Reading Series
Toronto, ON.

Wednesday October 30th, 2013
Anita Lahey
Pivot readings at the Press Club
Toronto, ON.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Living Seaweed

I love these little creatures. The leafy sea dragon blends well with its surroundings, making predation difficult. Now you see me, now you don't. 

A type of pipe fish, the females create the eggs which are then protected and laid by the males. Incredible!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vancouver Aquarium

Loved the "Jellies" exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Selfie with jelly!