Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Sara Peters, Michael Crummey, and I have been on a brief reading tour over the past few days. It was great fun reading with the two of them and hearing their marvellous new work. We started in Montreal at an event hosted last Wednesday by the fine people at Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore and then moved on the next day to Toronto for the Anansi Poetry Bash. The Bash was a real blast. It was a treat for me to get the chance to show a few molecules, talk with friends, sign some books, and generally toast the arrival of this project I have spent so much time working on. My Toronto visit was short-lived, however; the next day we were off to Ottawa for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. This was, I thought, the best reading the three of us gave during our tour – perhaps unsurprising given that we had been honing our deliveries for several days. The format shifted slightly in Ottawa to allow for an interview/question period following the reading. David O’Meara hosted the event and got us to talk in more detail about our books, our writing practices, and other relevant issues. I had a great time in Ottawa and I thank the organizers of the Festival for making me feel so welcome. A particular highlight for me included the many conversations afterwards in the hospitality suite with other festival readers such as Chris Impey, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and David Seymour. It was a wonderful tour and I feel very fortunate to have been able to be a part of it. Thanks to House of Anansi Press for making it all happen!


Thanks Edward! In so many ways the real of a book exists in those wonderful moments when an author has the chance to read to and talk to an audience. So much reading and writing is solitary; it's a privilege to be able to share it with people.


It sounds like a great kind of tour . . . interesting fellow readers and attentive audiences, not to mention the Anansi bash. Much success with The Polymers.

Edward Carson

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

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