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C.E. Gatchalian reads from Double Melancholy at Joy Kogawa House

Vancouver, BC May 09 07:30 pm

Joy Kogawa House and the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop present C.E. Gatchalian reading from his new memoir Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man at Vancouver's Joy Kogawa House on May 9.

Part memoir, part cultural commentary, Double Melancholy interrogates the author’s relationship to the art that shaped his life but also invisibilized him as a queer person of colour.

C.E. Gatchalian is an award-winning queer Filipinx Canadian author and theatre-maker born and based in unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). From November 2017 to March 2018 he was Writer-in-Residence at Kogawa House, where he wrote much of Double Melancholy.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 W 64th Ave, Vancouver
Books available for purchase and signing by the author

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Joint launch for Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee's Death Threat and Tea Mutonji's Shut Up Your Pretty

Toronto, ON May 10 07:00 pm

Arsenal Pulp Press, TCAF, and Another Story Bookshop present the joint launch of Death Threat, a graphic novel by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee, and Shut Up You're Pretty by Tea Mutonji, the first book in Vivek Shraya's VS. Books imprint, at Innis Town Hall in Toronto on May 10.

VS. Books is a new series curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour. Shut Up You're Pretty is a story collection that interrogates the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.

Death Threat, a collaboration between Shraya and Toronto artist Ness Lee, is a stunning visual book based on hate mail Shraya received after coming out as trans.

Friday, May 10, 2019
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
Wheelchair accessible
Books available for purchase by Another Story Bookshop

For more information, see Another Story's website.



Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha launches Tonguebreaker at Third Place Books

Seattle, WA May 14 07:00 pm

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha launches her new poetry book Tonguebreaker at Third Place Books' Seward Park location in Seattle on May 14.

"Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha dares a future to hold us, keep us, cherish our fallibilities as much as it covets efficiency. These poems are lanterns that float on water inside which one can live openhearted -- and safe. Leah's poems put safe's taste on my tongue, its song in my chest. Leah's poems are the homes in which we, the disabled, can 'recalibrate the world to our bodies,' where we're not just welcome, but crucial." -Tara Hardy, author of My, My, My, My, My

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Third Place Books (Sewell Park), 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle
Books available for purchase and signing by the author

For more information, see the Facebook event page or Third Place Books' website.

Téa Mutonji in conversation at Queen Books

Toronto, ON May 16 12:00 pm

Téa Mutonji, author of Shut Up You're Pretty, and authors Andrew Forbes and H.B. Hogan are in conversation with Invisible Publishing's Leigh Nash at Toronto's Queen Books on May 16.

Shut Up You're Pretty is the first title in the VS. Books imprint, a collaboration between Arsenal Pulp Press and writer/musician Vivek Shraya dedicated to books by young Black and Indigenous writers or writers of colour.

Thursday. May 16, 2019
Queen Books, 914 Queen St East, Toronto
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Facebook event page.