April 8: Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Derek McCormack and Andrew Steinmetz

Start April off with some exciting poetry and fiction from Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Derek McCormack and Andrew Steinmetz. Bring a friend!

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s poetry has been published in a fat handful of Canadian journals, including the Antigonish Review, CV2, Descant, Prairie Fire and PRISM; she was also the recipient of the 2007 Lina Chartrand Award for poetry. Her first-ever published short story is appearing in the spring issue of The New Quarterly and new fiction is also forthcoming, at some undisclosed time, in the Fiddlehead. All of this proves, once and for all, that she is a two-trick pony; that’s right, a pony with two tricks. Elisabeth is an MFA student in the Guelph-Humber program.

Derek McCormack’s most recent novel is The Show That Smells (ECW Press, 2008). His last novel, The Haunted Hillbilly, was named a best book of the year by both the Globe & Mail and Village Voice, and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction. He lives in Toronto.

Andrew Steinmetz strums the guitar and pushes a pen for a living. Steinmetz is the editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Véhicule Press. He is the author of a memoir, Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. Eva’s Threepenny Theatre (Gaspereau Press) is his first novel. In an unusual fiction about family memoir, Steinmetz tells the story of his great-aunt Eva who performed in one of the first touring productions of Bertolt Brecht’s play, The Threepenny Opera, in 1928.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club,
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane

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