Saturday, September 1, 2012

October Reading

Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto. His first book of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian was short-listed for the 2010 Bressani Literary Award.  His second book of jazz-inspired poetry, hold the note, was long-listed for the 2010 ReLit Award. His first book of short stories, Subtitles, is published this fall with Guernica Editions. 

David Day is a poet and author who has published 40 books of poetry, ecology, history, fantasy, mythology and fiction. His first book of poems was published in 1975. Day has been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also been a magazine editor, a columnist for the Daily Mail and Punch, a scriptwriter for television, a playwright for theatre, and a dramaturge for the Royal Birmingham Ballet. His books have won numerous literary awards and been selected as "Books of the Year" by Time Magazine, New Scientist, Parents Magazine and the Observer. David Day's books have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. 

The daughter of Italian immigrants to the Niagara peninsula, Terri Favro's fiction and non-fiction have been published in Prism, Geist, Riddle Fence, Accenti and More Magazine, among others. Shortlisted three times for the CBC Literary Awards, Terri was a Diaspora Dialogues Emerging Toronto Writer in 2011 and her work has been anthologized in TOK: Writing the New Toronto Vol. 6 and Behind Barbed Wire: Creative Works on the Internment of Italian Canadians. Her graphic novel, Bella and the Loyalist Heroine, was published this year by Grey Borders. Her first novella, The Proxy Bride, was co-winner of the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Award and has just been launched by Quattro Books, available at

Whitney French is a writer, educator and literacy advocate. She writes poetry and short fiction and facilitates creative writing workshops for children, young offenders, teenage mothers and adults with mental disorders across Toronto. Her first collection of poetry 3 Cities, released April 2012, explores her experiences living in three Canadian cities: Bradford, Toronto and Montreal. 

K.D. Miller’s short stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize, published widely in Canadian magazines and broadcast by CBC.  Her first collection, A Litany in Time of Plague, was critically praised in 1994. Her second collection, Give Me Your Answer, was short-listed for the inaugural Upper Canada Brewing Company’s Writer’s Craft Award and named by the Toronto Star as one of the ten best books of 1999. Holy Writ, a series of personal essays, followed in 2001. Her first novel, Brown Dwarf (Biblioasis, 2010). Her latest book of stories, The Other Voice (Stonebunny Press, 2011). She is presently at work on another collection, All Saints, to be published in 2014 by Biblioasis. K.D. Miller has participated in numerous book launches, public readings and literary events throughout Ontario. She has appeared as a keynote speaker and has chaired panel discussions at literary conferences. She has experience mentoring emerging writers, evaluating manuscripts and teaching creative writing courses and workshops. K.D. Miller lives in Toronto. View her website at 

Susan Swan was unable to read due to illness. In her place Darlene Madott read.

Darlene Madott is a Toronto lawyer and author. Her most recent collection of interconnected stories is Stations of the Heart (Exile Editions) launched in the Fall 2012. The title story of Making Olives and Other Family Secrets (Longbridge Books 2008) won the Bressani Literary Award, 2008. Darlene has read in New York, at the John Calandra Institute, Queen's College/CUNY, conference entitled "The Land of Our Return" (April, 2009), from a story "On Leave Takings and Monuments", previously published in Accenti magazine. Her stories have been anthologized in Italian Canadian Voices (Mosaic Press, 2006, ed. Caroline di Giovanni), and More Sweet Lemons (Longbridge, 2010).