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2012 EVENTS

Sept. 29 & 30 at Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario

Kingston Events: Sept. 29 9pm Saturday Night SpeakEasy (with host Shelagh Rogers), Sept. 30 The Beautiful and the Damned (with Melanie Dugan and host Susan Olding)

Oct. 19 & 20 at Vancouver International Writers Festival

VIWF Events: Humor with a Bite (with Anne Fleming), Beyond Survival (with Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand), Due South (with Emily St. John Mandel)

Oct. 23-25 at International Festival of Authors, Toronto

IFOA Events: The Novel as a Window on Society (with Emily St. John Mandel and Linda Spalding, moderator David Layton) Brigantine Room, Reading in Studio Theatre (with Olga Slavnikova and others, host John Macfarlane)

Oct. 27 at Victoria Hall/Westmount Public Library, Montreal, Quebec (with Chris Cleave and CS Richardson)

Sept. 28 at SGI Centre, Orangeville, Ontario (hosted by Booklore, with Miranda Hill, Linden MacIntyre)

Oct. 1 at The Bookshelf, Guelph, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

Oct. 3 at Furby House Books, Port Hope, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

Oct. 4 at Burlington Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario (with Linden MacIntyre, Shauna Singh Baldwin)

Oct. 15 at The Grimsby Author Series, Grimsby, Ontario (with Emma Donoghue)

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Wallaceburg Public Library, in my hometown of Wallaceburg, Ontario

NEW YORK

Wednesday, February  8, 2012, 7 p.m.
Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
126 Franklin Street (closest subway: G line, Greenpoint Ave. stop)
Emily Schultz, Jim Hanas, Brian Joseph Davis

CHICAGO

AWP
March 1–3, 2012
I’ll be at Joyland and ECW Press table, E23, at the 2012 AWP conference in Chicago. Come by and see me!

NEW YORK

McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St. (b/t Lafayette & Mulberry)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 7PM

OLDER EVENTS

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:30 pm
The 2nd Draft Reading Series
Roots & Vines Cafe, 409 Grand St (@ Clinton), Manhattan, New York
Emily Schultz, Fiona Maazel, Amanda Stern

Visit the 2nd Draft Series Facebook page for updates or more info, or their blog.

TORONTO

I won’t be onstage, but in my role as developing editor I have helped curate this event. Please join me as we launch the new Joyland/ECW eBook by Natalee Caple, and chat with past and present Joyland authors, plus a few friends and supporters….

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: A Joyland Fundraiser
Thursday, May 19, 8pm-11pm
Supermarket
268 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON

Admission is PWYC (with door premiums, including Joyland coffee mugs!) Buy a raffle ticket and maybe win a Kobo reader!

Presented with generous support from The Walrus, Kobo, Book Madam & Associates, and ECW Press.

Performances include: Natalee Caple in conversation with Andrew Pyper;
Chris Eaton in conversation with Carl Wilson; and a presentation on spying and eBook etiquette with Julie Wilson of BM&A in conversation with upcoming Joyland eBook author David Balzer.

Natalee Caple is the author How I Came To Haunt My Parents, a Joyland/ECW eBook and a forthcoming novel, In Calamity’s Wake, from Harper Collins. Andrew Pyper is the author of several best selling novels, most recently The Guardians.

Chris Eaton is the author of the Joyland/ECW eBook Letters To Thomas Pynchon and is also the songwriter behind Rock Plaza Central. Carl Wilson is a critic, an editor at The Globe and Mail and the author of the widely praised book on the culture of Celine Dion, Journey to the End of Taste.

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FREE

Celebrating the US release of Emily Schultz’s Trillium short-listed Heaven Is Small and Zoe Whittall’s Holding Still For As Long As Possible, the two authors are teaming up with Joyland New York authors Amanda Stern and Jim Hanas for a night of readings.

Readers

AMANDA STERN is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Long Haul published by Soft Skull Press. She’s the founder, curator and host of the well-respected and popular The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series. She blogs about her series and culture at her blog, Lessons in Culture. Lessons in Curating. http://happyendingseries.blogspot.com

EMILY SCHULTZ is the author of the novel Heaven Is Small, which was called “a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud” by the Vancouver Sun. Having lived in the Midwest and Virginia, Schultz now resides in Toronto where she co founded the literary website Joyland. http://www.joyland.ca

ZOE WHITTALL is the author of two novels – Holding Still For As Long As Possible, and Bottle Rocket Hearts. The Globe and Mail wrote that she “might just be the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler.” http://zoewhittall.blogspot.com/

JIM HANAS lives in Brooklyn and is the author of the collection Why They Cried, which features stories originally appearing in McSweeney’s, Fence, Significant Objects and others. It’s the first publication from Joyland eBooks. http://hanasiana.com/

Host BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS is the other half of Joyland and the author of Ronald Reagan My Father, which was recently longlisted for the $50,000 Frank O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction.

READINGS FROM JOYLAND SAN FRANCISCO
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street
FRIDAY SEPT 17, 8PM
FREE

FEATURING: PETER ORNER, EMILY SCHULTZ, BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS, TAMAR HALPERN, RUTH GALM, and HELENE WECKER

Celebrating the US release of books from Joyland founders Emily Schultz (the Trillium Award nominated novel Heaven Is Small) and Brian Joseph Davis (the Frank O’Connor Prize longlisted Ronald Reagan, My Father) the two Toronto authors are teaming up with San Franciscans for a night of readings.

READERS

PETER ORNER is the author of the novel The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a collection, Esther Stories, finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award and a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in San Francisco.

EMILY SCHULTZ is the author of the novel Heaven Is Small, which the Vancouver Sun called “a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud.” Having lived in the Midwest and Virginia, Schultz now resides in Toronto where she co-founded the literary website Joyland. http://www.joyland.ca

BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-a** rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.” Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams” and his collection of short fiction, Ronald Reagan My Father, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize. He is the co-founder of Joyland.

TAMAR HALPERN is a screenwriter and director whose feature films include Shelf Life and Your Name Here. She is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook and DreamAgo, and of the Paramount Screenwriting Fellowship and Jack Oakie Comedy Screenwriting Award. She is at work on a story collection about about being sixteen in the 1980s.

HELENE WECKER received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York. Her work has been heard at the KGB Bar in New York and the Barbershop Reading Series in San Francisco. After a dozen years of moving around between both coasts and the Midwest, she is finally settling down in the East Bay, and is hard at work on her first novel, The Golem and the Djinni.

RUTH GALM received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel.

Host KARA LEVY is Joyland’s San Francisco editor. Her work has appeared in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Mississippi Review Prize Issue 2009, Zen Monster, and Narrative, where it was a winner of the 30Below Prize for writers under 30. A graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University, she was a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Fiction at the Center for Steinbeck Studies in San Jose. She lives in San Francisco.

Chicago

Readings From Joyland 2
The Bookcellar
4736 North Lincoln Avenue
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 7PM
FREE

READINGS FROM: EMILY SCHULTZ, BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS, CHARLES MCLEOD, MEGAN STIELSTRA and others

Celebrating the US release of books from Joyland founders Emily Schultz (the Trillium Award-nominated novel Heaven Is Small) and Brian Joseph Davis (the Frank O’Connor Prize longlisted Ronald Reagan, My Father) the two Toronto authors are teaming up with Chicagoans for a night of readings.

READERS

EMILY SCHULTZ is the author of the novel Heaven Is Small, which the Vancouver Sun called “a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud.” Having lived in the Midwest and Virginia, Schultz now resides in Toronto where she co-founded the literary website Joyland. http://www.joyland.ca

BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-ass rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.” Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams” and his collection of short fiction, Ronald Reagan My Father, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize. He is the co-founder of Joyland.

MEGAN STIELSTRA is the Literary Director for 2nd Story (www.2ndstory.com), a personal narrative performance series dedicated to bringing people together through story. She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and is a Literary Death Match Champ. Her fiction has appeared in Other Voices, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Perigee, Annalemma, Venus, and Punk Planet, and has been performed by Chicago’s Theatre Seven and Bohemian Archeology in NYC. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Columbia College and The University of Chicago. Visit her at http://www.meganstielstra.com.

Joyland’s Midwest editor CHARLES MCLEOD’s fiction has appeared in publications including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. His debut collection, National Treasures, and debut novel, American Weather, will be published simultaneously by Random House UK/Harvill Secker in 2011. He lives in Macomb, Illinois, and teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University.

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