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Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 13 2012 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove Event type: reading, signing

Saskatoon Launch of Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep (Red Claw Press)

Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep is a collection of poems, stories, essays and artwork inspired by our conflicted relationship with sleep and the night. In the pages of Seek It, lovers find pleasure and pain, insomnia leads its many sufferers to get creative, exhausted new parents struggle through their days, a rural anaesthetist confesses his near misses, the dead make their presence felt, and a man who works the graveyard shift in a convenience store has a particularly tough night. Come and celebrate the elusive art of sleep with Saskatoon contributors, Mike Chouinard, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Jeanette Lynes, Dave Margoshes, Grace Paterson, Lorelie Gerwing Sarauer and Karin Schwier.

A journalist by trade, Michael Chouinard did briefly work graveyard at a convenience store and is a lapsed Catholic. Originally from B.C., he currently lives in Saskatoon and is working on a novel.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith is a poet, chef, journalist, and educator. Her poetry, fiction, and food writing has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and literary journals. After twenty-seven years in Calgary, Alberta, she now resides in a hundred-year-old farmhouse west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Prairie Alphabet, was published by Touchwood Editions.

Jeanette Lynes is author of five books of poetry and one novel, The Factory Voice, long-listed for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize in 2009 and a Re-Lit Award. Her sixth collection of poems, Archive of the Undressed, was published by Wolsak and Wynn. Jeanette is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes has published widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. He was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2009. His Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories was 2007 Saskatchewan Book of the Year and Dimensions of an Orchard won the Saskatchewan Poetry Prize in 2010. His recent work, A Book of Great Worth, was published by Coteau Books.

Grace E. Paterson is a Doula and RMT living in Saskatoon. Rooted in prairie living and community values, she has easily found her place in services to women in birth. Grace’s paintings and photographs authentically depict the journey and sweet surrender of motherhood.

Lorelie Gerwing Sarauer is a writer and artist living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She’s attracted to narrative, which she expresses through her drawings and paintings, as well as her writing. She’s currently enrolled in the new MFA in Writing program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Karin Melberg Schwier is a Saskatoon writer who just released her eighth book, Flourish: People with Disabilities Live Life with Passion (Copestone, 2012). Her articles appear in a variety of magazines like Saskatoon Home, Reader’s Digest Our Canada, Fine Homes, and recently a cover on actor Kim Coates for Fine Lifestyles’ fall issue.

See:

The Factory Voice

- by Jeanette Lynes

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The lives and dreams of four vital, engaging, women revolve around mysterious events at a Fort William military aircraft factory in 1941.

Loyalty and betrayal, love and worthiness, friendship and ambition are the themes which connect the characters in this lively, quirky, fast-paced novel.

Wrapped around the stories of these four women, is a mystery. Something's gone wrong with the Mosquitos being built for the war effort -- they keep crashing in flight tests, for no apparent reason. Is the problem with their design, or are they being sabotaged? By whom? The traitorous Red Finns? The political subversives who have recently escaped from one of the nearby prison camps? Everyone's on high alert, and "The Factory Voice" keeps abreast of the details. Or at least the rumours.

Rich with forties language and imagery, especially the sights and sounds of an assembly plant, The Factory Voice is a quirky, light-hearted mystery about the daily lives of factory workers and in particular of women in a time of transition, both for their personal lives and for the society in general.

Archive of the Undressed

- by Jeanette Lynes

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From twirling tassels to dead playmates Archive of the Undressed is a sharp, darkly comic look at the image of women in a society between changing sexual mores. Jeanette Lynes brings her iconic style to these poems, fearlessly critiquing attitudes towards women, poking at Canadian identity and finding something sexy in the settlement of "The Queen's Bush"--Northern Ontario. A wickedly pointed and funny collection, Archive of the Undressed will overturn any reader's belief that poetry is boring.

Dimensions of an Orchard

- by Dave Margoshes

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A Book of Great Worth

- by Dave Margoshes

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Set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City, this is a beautifully-told collection of scenes from Morgenstern's life. The tricky ground of writing the advice column for a provincial Yiddish daily; successes during, and hard times after, the Depression; a position at the top of his craft as a labour specialist in the New York City Yiddish press - these and many more form a portrait of "a fundamentally decent man in morally perplexing situations".