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Nightwood Authors Launch New Titles in Vancouver

Posted: April 8, 2009

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce a special Spring Gala event to launch its spring titles. Elizabeth Bachinsky, author of God of Missed Connections, Andrew Binks, author of The Summer Between, Laisha Rosnau, author of Lousy Explorers and Gregory Scofield, author of Kipocihkân: Poems New and Selected, will be launching their books of fiction and poetry at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver) on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Written in the near absence of creative works by Ukrainian Canadians of her generation, God of Missed Connections is a breakthrough collection by one of Canada's leading young poets. This book is profound, devastating, and draws on Ukraine's brave and bloody history as a means to explore the author’s place in the contemporary world. Elizabeth Bachinsky is the internationally-recognized author Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006). She is currently an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, where she is also the Poetry Editor for Event magazine.

The Summer Between is the story of twelve-year-old Dougaldo Montmigny who struggles against oppression, homophobia and racism to realise his love for Tomahawk Clark, a thirteen-year-old Metis boy, during a summer destined to become a painful lesson on love and desire. Andrew Binks is a professional actor with a BA in Drama from Queen's University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. A finalist in the Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Contest and This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Binks' fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in many publications across Canada and the U.S. The Summer Between is his first novel.

In Lousy Explorers, husbands and wives stumble into each other at the end of days, children find the wild edges of suburbs, new mothers try to navigate through a map-less terrain and a relentless epidemic of bugs eats away at the forest. The collection explores new territory, both physically and emotionally—relocation, the north, new marriage and motherhood—in a way that is honest, raw and insightful. Laisha Rosnau is the author of the bestselling novel The Sudden Weight of Snow and Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize-winning collection Notes on Leaving. She currently lives in Prince George, BC, with her husband and young son.

Kipocihkân: Poems New and Selected is a retrospective of the award-winning Aboriginal poet Gregory Scofield’s pivotal work to date. The word Kipocihkân is Cree slang for someone who is mute or unable to speak, and charted in this book is Scofield's journey out of that silence to become one of the most powerful voices of our time. Gregory Scofield is one of Canada's leading Aboriginal writers whose five collections of poetry have earned him both a national and international audience. He is known for his unique and dynamic reading style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language.