Archive for May 24th, 2012

Readings

- May 24th, 2012

FYI:

Deux Voiliers Publishing Open House at the Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington, Ottawa, June 1, 7-9 p.m.

Four exceptional Deux Voiliers authors will read from their works of fiction
Deux Voiliers Publishing (DVP) – Ottawa’s newest small press – is pleased to host its first Open House for book lovers and prospective contributors.

Four DVP authors from the Ottawa area will read from their recently published workers of fiction. The book readings will be followed by an information session for prospective writers, copy editors, graphic and video artists and others who are interested in possibly joining the DVP collaborative publishing initiative. Everyone is welcome.

The event will be video-taped and posted to the www.deuxvoiliers.com, Youtube and social media sites.

The following DVP authors will present their works of fiction.

Chris Turner – Tales of Other Worlds, an anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories. Turner with four full-length novels and two anthologies under his belt is one of Canada’s most prolific new fantasy writers. Collected Works also carries Turner’s other works of fiction, published by Innersky Publishing, Wakefield, Quebec.

Stephen Lorne Bennett – Last of the Ninth, a mystery novel from Second Century Rome. Bennett, a world traveller and diplomat, brings to life the political intrigue of Roman politics and the rough-and-tumble world of Roman foot soldiers in a masterful work of historical fiction. This is possibly the best novel written about the Roman Empire by a Canadian.

Brendan Ray – Marching to Byzantium, a fascinating look at the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. Ray, a long-time resident of Istanbul, challenges with his swashbuckling narrative, the Turkish and Greek versions of the end of the Eastern Roman Empire and the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

Con Cú – Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls, a beautiful tale of human resilience. Con Cú is a classic story-teller who draws on his rich knowledge of world events to create a stimulating backdrop for the story two young Vietnamese refugees, Quan and Minh Chau, who meet in a refugee camp in Malaysia. Quan, hardened by his ordeal in a Khmer Rouge collective farm becomes the young girl Minh Chau’s protector for life. The story blends the exoticism of Southeast Asia with discovery and renewal in Canada.

Will Self

- May 24th, 2012

One of my favourite authors Will Self has a new novel coming out this summer — Umbrella.

Click through to his blog to find a description.

If you don’t know Will Self, google him. If you want to read Will Self, start off with Cock and Bull or try Great Apes.