Hosted by a man who used to be an author himself, before giving his whole life up to run The Overcast, Mixed Type 3 will be an evening showcasing two hot authors from, arguably, two of the province’s finest publishers: Breakwater Books & Creative Books.
There’ll also be a treat of a musical performance from Sherry Ryan. Sherry will be with band.
Admission is free, and there’s a slew of door prizes, courtesy of Aqua Kitchen and Bar, The Club, Hometel, and The Telegram! That’s in addition to a giveaway of a basket of books from Creative and Breakwater.
Who are these authors? We’ll do it alphabetically.
Megan Coles is best known around town for being a Co-founder of Poverty Cove Theatre, the most innovative theatre company in town, who are known for edgy theatre performed in unexpected places.
A graduate of both MUN and the National Theatre School of Canada, she is best known for her successful play Our Eliza, among other works, and is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador.
But tonight’s she’s here to share her first book of fiction, an exciting new collection of short stories, with a dandy title: Eating Habits Of The Chronically Lonesome. A book that will leave you feeling struck, yet exhilarated.
There are half-eaten poutines on living room floors and greasy corn kernels stuck to chins. There are weak cocktails, cheap coffees, white plastic forks, and cigarettes. Everywhere. Coles’ irreverent characters scorch, and strangely comfort us.
Here’s what hard ticket Joel Thomas Hynes had to say about the book, “One of our finest dramatic voices finally lays it out on the printed page with a freshly disarming collection that fearlessly charts the Newfoundland character in all its striking pathos and eccentric charms.
“Coles’ voice is surefooted and daring, authentic and adventurous – our longstanding tradition of provocative, fiery literature has grown that much richer with this inspired new publication.”
Ed Kavanagh has not only a true study of language, but an actual teacher of English. He holds has an Honours degree in English and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick.
Professionally, he’s worked in many fields that inform his nuanced work, including time as a writer, actor, musician, theatre director, university lecturer, and editor.
His stories, essays, dramatic scripts, and poetry have earned many awards, and his fiction has twice been shortlisted for the NL Book awards. And the book he reads from tonight was also shortlisted for the prestigious, $20,000 Thomas Head Raddall Award for the best book by an Atlantic Canadian.
As the title suggests, Strays features ten stories that explore the lives of those who somehow find themselves adrift. Affecting, finely crafted, and often humorous, Strays speaks, ultimately, to our desire to belong.
As the judges of the 2014 NL Book award said, “Kavanagh’s characters inhabit the marginal edges of Newfoundland communities past and present. His prose is beautiful and lucid without calling undue attention to itself; he writes with a clarity that lets character and setting shine through the words.”
Trudy Morgan-Cole combines 1,2 punch that every writer wants: being both prolific and, well, good. She has published more than 20 books, and has become a true favourite among local readers, which is quite an honour in a province as full of great writers as ours.
Her previous two novels were By the Rivers of Brooklyn and That Forgetful Shore, and both of those books were finalists for Atlantic Book awards in the Best Atlantic Published book category – which is open to all genres, and therefore the hardest to be recognized by.
In her latest novel, A Sudden Sun, a devastating fire sweeps through St. John’s in the summer of 1892. Nineteen-year-old Lily Hunt hopes it’s the beginning of a new life that will transform her from a dutiful daughter to a crusader, a suffragist, and a woman in love.
Twenty years later, Lily’s daughter Grace is deeply immersed in campaigning for women to have the right to vote. When Grace learns of her mother’s involvement in the suffrage cause, the Lily she discovers bears little resemblance to the mother who raised her.
Grace sets out on a quest to discover what changed Lily, and why she wants to hide her past. A Sudden Sun plunges into the world of two Newfoundland women at the turn of a new century, exploring the timeless and tangled bonds between mother and daughter.
Nicholas Ruddock is an Ontario-based author with a Newfoundland connection: upon graduating from the University of Toronto at age 23, he applied for an internship in St. John’s and was accepted. After two years as a townie, he became Fortune Bay’s “District Medical Officer,” So he is equal parts the trifecta of being an honourary CFA-Townie-Bayman.
Nicholas is best known for his highly original novel, The Parabolist, published by Double Day in 2010 and subsequently shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award,, He’s also known for his prowess with short fiction — Ruddock has published more than twenty pieces in literary journals, and is a Journey Prize Anthologee.
As he’s told The Overcast before, “How Loveta Got Her Baby, the book, has a strong sense of community that springs directly from those times and places [from my past here], but it has no medical content. Well, there’s one or two scenes told from the point of view of a patient . Otherwise, it’s love stories going up, down or sideways.”
How Loveta Got Her Baby is a set of linked stories about growing up unsure of the world and trying to stand up straight and a it’s a book about love going right and wrong. Ruddock writes with deft insight into who we are, and how we change.