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Daniel Scott Tysdal -- Reading & Signing

Tuesday Oct 27 2015 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

Reading & Signing Fauxccasional Poems (Goose Lane Editions) with guest readers Jonathan Ball and Sharanpal Ruprai.

From the reign of the first philosopher king once envisioned by Plato to the lasting peace to come under the rule of the Democratic Kampuchea Global Party, Daniel Scott Tysdal imagines himself into poetic voices not his own, writing to commemorate events that never occurred, for the posterity of alternative universes ó and the delight of our own.

Daniel Scott Tysdal teaches English at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is the author of The Mournerís Book of Albums and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, and the John V. Hicks Award.

Dr. Jonathan Ball writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, and criticism and teaches literature, film, and writing in Winnipeg. Visit him online at JonathanBall.com, where he writes about writing the wrong way.

Sharanpal Ruprai earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Humanities at York University. She holds a Masters degree in English from University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. Her poetry has been published in two anthologies, Exposed, and Red Silk. Seva (Frontenac House) is her debut poetry collection.

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Fauxccasional Poems

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by Daniel Scott Tysdal - $19.95 - Add to Cart

In Fauxccasional Poems, Daniel Scott Tysdal imagines himself into poetic voices not his own, writing to commemorate events that never occurred, for the posterity of alternative universes -- and the delight of our own. From the reign of the first philosopher king once envisioned by Plato, to the twelfth-century Iroquois colonization of Europe, to Barack Obama's career as a poet, to the lasting peace to come under the rule of the Democratic Kampuchea Global Party, Tysdal envisions the paths not taken and what might have been. In these poems, the crew of the Enola Gay refuse to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, John F. Kennedy evades assassination, and Karl Marx moonlights as an agent provocateur for a capitalist consortium. In a dizzying display of poetic insight, technical prowess, and playful parody, Fauxccasional Poems brings these alternate universes to life, forcing the reader to ponder the contingency of history and how each moment brings us to a thousand turning points. Despite our certainties, nothing is ever as it seems, and the future unfolds against our best designs. History is an unreliable vessel for the upwelling of our deepest hopes and fears, and in Tysdal's hands poetry shakes history by the lapels and shouts, "Wake up! Your time is now!"

Politics of Knives, The

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by Jonathan Ball - $17.95 - Add to Cart

Jonathan Ball is the 2014 winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer. The Politics of Knives is the winner of the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Taking cues from myth, movies, history and horror, the poems in The Politics of Knives unsettle and subvert conventions poetic and social. At the book's heart is a meditation on violence. These poems bridge the gap between the conventional and the experimental, the intellectual and the visceral.

Seva

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by Sharanpal Ruprai - $15.95 - Add to Cart

Seva by Sharanpal Ruprai is a poetic journey into the life of a Sikh girl; the narrative, through unique perspectives about culture, gender and ritual, enters a world that is usually inaccessible. ADVANCE PRAISE "There is much to be learned and appreciated in this project. Sikh culture and mores unfold in a poetic narrative that both entices and educates. Arrangement of the words on the page and the Sikh words complement the telling. Clear images. Consistent mode of foreboding." - Barb Carter "I think it's wonderful. I found it powerful and a way into a secret world. I laughed and wept. It's beautiful. I can't wait to talk about it - on and off the air." - Shelagh Rogers