Zsuzsi Gartner and Carmen Aguirre at NVCL this Fall!

Mark your calendars!  We have scheduled two exciting readings for fall as part of our Local Author Series.

On Wednesday, October 24th, Zsuzsi Gartner will read from her 2011 Giller shortlisted book, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, which includes several short stories set in North Vancouver. She is also the author of All the Anxious Girls on Earth, the editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, and the creative director of Vancouver Review’s Blueprint BC Fiction Series. Her stories have been widely anthologized, and broadcast on CBC and NPR’s Selected Shorts. I have seen Zsuzsi read and she is hilarious, witty and very entertaining.

On Wednesday, November 28th, Carmen Aguirre will read from her book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, which won this year’s Canada Reads competition. Carmen is a Vancouver-based theatre artist who has written and co-written 20 plays. She has more than 60 film, television and stage acting credits, and recently appeared as Alcina on Showcase’s Endgame. Carmen is also a theatre director, acting teacher and a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator, working with communities around British Columbia.

Carmen dedicated her youth to the Chilean revolutionary movement, running a safe house for underground resistance members seeking refuge in Argentina, and doing routine border runs into Pinochet’s Chile.

Carmen will be joined by Sylvia Taylor, an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist. A director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years, she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing-related skills, and is a popular conference presenter and adjudicator. With over 400 articles in print, her works have appeared in anthologies and genre magazines in Canada and the U.S., was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards, and hosts a monthly author-readings series in partnership with city libraries. Heritage House Publishing released her historical literary memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast, in September, 2012.

For both events, doors open at 6:30pm in the G. Paul Singh room for wine and light refreshments. The readings will begin at 7pm. The events are free and no registration is needed. Email me for more information. See you there!

–Heidi

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