Writers Festival

We’re entering day 4 of the Writers Festival. When the dust settles I’ll make time (knock wood) to write from some of my notes.

Last night was a full house on Cycling and the Livable City Panel. Here the public gives questions (or more often grandstanding monologues) to the panel of David Byrne, Jeb Brugmann, a Bixi founder and NCC’s Marie Lemay.
Cycling and the Livable City Panel

Last night was also Transgress with Mariko Tamaki, with comic tales from Chapters bookstore clerkdom, Derek McCormack with surreal stories from inside carnival hall of mirrors with a vampire fashion designer and Jimmie Rogers and (pictured) Michael V Smith who did a variety of prose and poems. The event was hosted by stand up comedian Kamal Pandya. Michael V Smith

John Lavery late nightThe night before John Lavery (pictured left) and Christian Bok were the late night at the festival. jwcurry made limited edition artifacts of two sets of lyrics of Lavery’s for the event.

Wednesday night the entertainment was Call Me Katie after the John Newlove Awards where Marcus McCann was awarded this year’s honor. (Look for his chapbook at next fall’s festival, or at ditch, now.)
Call Me Katies Marcus

The afternoon talk on Friday was about the death of globalization.
Gordon Laird
The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of Globalization releases momentarily. Like most lunchtime events, it drew about 50 or 60 people.

Poetry Cabaret #1
Thursday was the first Poetry Cabaret of this festival with readings by each of Christian Bok, Paul Durcan, Sina Queyras, Colin Morton. It was hosted by Rob Winger.

Upcoming is the spotlight on Islamic fiction, Craig Kielburger on raising children who engage and contribute, freedom in Burma, a round table on memoir, the mathematics of creativity…

And that’s just part of today’s events. There are 3 full days of ideas after that.

Quote: “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. – Raymond Hull at QB

 
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